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Published: 21 September 2017
Author: Cherieanne Carmichael
In family law, we are on the front line of family violence and are witness to the financial, emotional and psychological trauma it creates, predominantly for women and children.
We also see the havoc that violence creates and how challenging it can be for women to break through the cycles of violence.
For this reason, we welcome a new scheme designed to revoke fines for victims of family violence. As confirmed in a recent article in The Age, family violence victims will have toll road and parking fines waived under laws to be introduced to Victorian Parliament.
To someone with no experience of domestic violence, it would seem inconceivable that perpetrators actually torment their victims by using their victim’s cars to deliberately accumulate fines, but this is a harsh reality. The law intends to address this issue.
As outlined in The Age article the scheme will:
While this scheme will by no means solve the growing problem of domestic violence in Australia, it is a small step in making life more manageable for victims.
Under current law, victims are currently required to wrongly admit to committing the offence or identify the driver, which can put them at risk of further harm.
The new laws will be introduced to Victorian Parliament on Tuesday.
The domestic violence statistics in Australia are nothing short of shocking. The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria reports:
We urge any victims of domestic violence to call Ryan Carlisle Thomas on 1300 366 441 for a no obligation hour of legal counsel at no charge. If you do not have the means for legal services, we can help you identify your best way forward and refer you to additional services.
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