Australia’s family court failing domestic violence survivors

Janine Rees. Image courtesy 4ZZZ.

Content warning: This interview talks about domestic and family violence.

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) released survey results about community attitudes on gendered violence, revealing Australians still have a long way to  go when it comes to community attitudes towards domestic violence. The 2021 National Community Attitudes Survey revealed 37% of respondents thought women going through custody battles often make up or exaggerate claims of domestic violence to gain tactical advantage in their case.

Janine Rees is a primary school teacher and Women and Children’s Safety advocate. She has lived experience of domestic abuse – her story details the injustice in Australia’s family court system. The Wire’s Netta Finney spoke with Janine to find out more.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, there is support. Phone 1800RESPECT anytime on 1800 737 732.

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