There have been many high profile discussions this year about domestic violence, specifically on the Gold Coast. This is a national problem and there have been a number of high-profile cases that have prompted some changes to the system.
At Brooke Winter Solicitors we were pleased earlier this year to hear about the commencement of the pilot Domestic Violence Court on the Gold Coast.
Our principal, Brooke Winter, recently attended ‘Understanding the New Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Court’ course chaired by Magistrate Strofield, to learn more.
Here are a few key changes affecting domestic violence matters:
Reduced Waiting Times
One of the most challenging parts of domestic violence matters can be the waiting times. When you’re dealing with a life-changing situation, delays can be stressful.
There is now a second magistrate sitting in the Southport domestic violence court. So, waiting times for Domestic Violence Order applications are slashed.
In the new system, both victims and respondents will have better access to support.
A key focus of this support is to prevent future instances of domestic violence. For example, the court supports the Men’s Behaviour Change program run through Centacare. This program helps respondents reduce violent behaviours and learn healthier relationship skills.
We welcome these changes. They’re a step towards a more supportive, responsive Gold Coast community.