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Domestic Violence And Contact Orders In The Australian Family Courts – Too Close To Home?

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A recent article published in The Monthly, an excellent Australian politics, society and culture magazine describes the complexities of domestic violence cases involving children, which bear many of the same hallmarks as the UK’s child protection system.

The article explains how one mother, who had left her violent husband and later on fled with her children after her lawyers pressured her into agreeing to a contact arrangement with the children’s father, was later arrested by police. The children had seen their father attack their mother and were subjected to physical assault and abuse by their father as well. Despite trying to tell the courts that they were terrified of their father and did not want contact, they were routinely ignored.

There are several worrying similarities in our own family courts. Lawyers now routinely tell mothers that if they allege domestic violence they are likely to lose all contact with their…

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