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How the new Family Violence Act could affect you

By Surendra Bennett - 17 May 2019

The Family Violence Act 2018 will shortly come into force replacing the Domestic Violence Act. This new Act is designed to give the courts better guidance about the nature and impact of family violence.

Some of the highlights of the Act include:

  • Employers will become obliged to provide:
    • up to 10 days' leave to victims of domestic violence
    • short term variations to their working arrangements
  • Certain approved organisations will become empowered to apply for protection orders on behalf of victims
  • Information will be able to be shared between social service practitioners and family violence agencies to ensure more integrated and coordinated responses to family violence incidents.

If you are a victim of family violence and need advice in relation to the options available to you then contact Surendra Bennett. All discussions are strictly confidential and your safety will be paramount.


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