Make courts safer for DV victim-survivors
Right now, the criminal justice system in NSW can be traumatic and unsafe for DV victims-survivors to give evidence. They are usually required to appear in an open court in front of the general public and may be directly cross-examined by their abuser. And their matters are heard by a general pool of local court magistrates who may be dealing with drug or traffic matters on the same day. There are not even funded services to support them at the actual hearing after they’ve had their first court mention.
Frontline DV workers supporting women in 114 local courts across NSW have identified the following urgent reforms needed to make courts safer for DV victims-survivors.
Tell the government, it’s time to make this happen HERE!