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30 Apr
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24 Apr
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Child's school project becomes a plea to the Family Court

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11 May
NSW Government releases Domestic Violence App

29 Apr
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11 Apr
Cost of raising a child to 18 is now $1 million

08 Apr
Cost of raising a child

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Gotcha tapes disliked by court

02 Feb
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06 Jan
Age eligibility for Family Tax Benefit Part A has changed

01 Jan
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21 Oct
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15 Sep
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23 Aug
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12 Jul
Dad's 'good times' with daughter cut by court

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Family Court seeks missing children

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20 Jun
Dads needed on Father's Day [USA]

19 Jun
Government Assent and Notice of increased fees

13 Jun
Publications released on new Family Law changes June 2012

07 Jun
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04 Jun
Taunts, cruelty to pets now domestic violence

02 Jun
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02 Jun
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29 May
New practice note for AVOs in the local Court (NSW)

27 May
New Federal Magistrate Myers appointed to Newcastle

14 May
Girls 'taken' before being deported to Italy

06 May
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04 May
Single parents to lose benefits

01 May
Child protection boosted

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26 Apr
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Added 07 September, 2011, 01:53 AM
Author: Secretary SPCA  

Review of Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007

The NSW Attorney General is reviewing the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007.

The aim of the review is to determine whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid and whether the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives.

A copy of the Act can be accessed at http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au

A Discussion Paper detailing issues for consideration in the review is available here. It would be of assistance if submissions referred to the issues set out in the Discussion Paper, however submissions are not limited to these issues.

Making a submission
The Department of Attorney General and Justice invites interested individuals and organisations to make written submissions to the review.

Submissions may be sent via post to The Director, Criminal Law Review, Department of Attorney General and Justice, GPO Box 6, Sydney NSW 2001 or via email to ag_clrd@agd.nsw.gov.au.

Submissions may be referred to in the final report or be made publicly available unless you advise that you wish for all or part of your submission to be treated as confidential.

The closing date for submissions is 18 November 2011.

Statutory Review Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 - Discussion Paper
» Download: Stat_Review_DP_Issues Statutory Review Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007.pdf (174 Kb, 1674 downloads so far)

Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007
» Download: Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence Act) Act 2007 No 80.pdf (989 Kb, 914 downloads so far)

Secretary of the Shared Parenting Council said

This is the iniquitous Act passed by Labor when they came into power for the last time in 2007. It requires readers to review the particular sections and make comments. Of interest is the Objects section of the act that sets out the intent.

(3) In enacting this Act, Parliament recognises:
(a) that domestic violence, in  all its forms, is unacceptable behaviour, and
(b) that domestic violence is  predominantly perpetrated by men against women and children, and
© that domestic violence occurs  in all sectors of the community, and
(d) that domestic violence extends beyond physical violence and may involve the exploitation of power imbalances and patterns of abuse over many years, and
(e) that domestic violence occurs in traditional and non-traditional settings, and
(f) the particularly vulnerable position of children who are exposed to domestic violence as victims or witnesses, and the impact that such exposure can have on their current and future physical, psychological and emotional well-being, and
(g) that domestic violence is best addressed through a co-ordinated legal and social response of assistance and prevention of violence

There is some work to be done to improve this Act and to reduce the incidences of AVO's used for leverage in Family Law matters

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