A message from our Patron:
Just over a year ago I stood with representatives of the Women’s Legal Services Australia in Brisbane to launch their five-step plan to put safety first in family law.
For decades women’s and community legal services have been at the frontline in dealing with victims escaping violence as they try to navigate the family law system.
Their dedicated lawyers and volunteers understand all too well the systemic problems these women and children face, and so they worked really hard to present a credible plan that provided practical solutions.
Then tens of thousands of us around the country, joined together to sign the ‘Justice for Kids’ petition. The petition was delivered to Parliament directly into the Prime Minister’s hands.
On May 10 2017, the Turnbull government has said there will be a comprehensive review of the family law system, and announced some key measures to address safety issues. This campaign has showed what we can achieve when we work together.
Of course, we still have a lot to do. Australia is in the middle of a family violence epidemic and we need to keep up the momentum for change.
Whilst I reflect on the actions and successes of the past year, I am continually mindful of the impact organisations such as Doncare have at a local level. The support and caring that is shown to women and children recovering from the impact of family violence through Doncare’s counselling programs and education and support of women through iMatter and DAWN cannot be underestimated.
I congratulate Doncare on the positive impact that they have made in the lives of women and children escaping family violence and look forward to continuing to share their vision, and show the community and government that we can be the voice for change.
Doncare Patron 2017