Federal Court building - Adelaide.
A new initiative has been launched in Adelaide to improve the handling of family law court disputes involving domestic violence.
The new program sees Commission lawyers joining with social support professionals at the Federal Court building in Adelaide. They are working together to address the complex web of legal and social problems often experienced by separating couples in abusive relationships.
Funded by the Commonwealth government, the program is called the Family Advocacy and Support Service (FASS). It is now operating at the Federal Court building in Angas Street and it will also be rolled out at the Mount Gambier courthouse when the Federal Circuit Court is sitting at that location.
“This initiative recognises that people coming to family law courts have more than just legal needs, especially in matters where domestic violence is a factor,” says Commission Director Gabrielle Canny.
By combining legal and social support professionals, at a courthouse, we can reduce the chances of people falling through the gaps and missing out on the assistance they need. This increases the chances of problems being identified and effectively addressed sooner rather than later.