Newsflash: From 1 July 2015, the Family Violence Court will no longer be taking any new matters and will be gradually replaced with new 'Family Violence Support Lists' in the Magistrate’s Court of Western Australia. Commencing at "launch locations" of the six metropolitan Magistrates Courts, and at the Geraldton Magistrates Court, the new listing arrangements aim to ensure that all VRO breaches and serious assaults in family violence circumstances are heard on the same day each week.
This will allow service providers from WA Police, Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Department of Corrective Services and the Victim Support Service to provide specialist advice and support to the List. These lists are currently being built, and further details will be provided soon.
Family Violence Courts focus on the safety of victims and seek to address the causal factors of an offender’s violent behaviour.
Family Violence Courts aim to break the cycle of family violence by providing the option of programs to address the offender's violent behaviour before sentencing.
The courts can produce better outcomes for victims of family violence and help reduce the damaging inter-generational and societal effects that family violence causes.
Offenders are only eligible for the Family Violence Court case management program if they admit to their actions by pleading guilty, which demonstrates a willingness to address their behaviour.
Following a guilty plea, the dedicated Community Justice Services officer conducts further assessment to identify the offender’s level of willingness to address their behaviour and the level of risk that they pose to the victim and community.
This is carried out in a more thorough process of interviewing, harm assessment, case needs assessment and spousal assault risk assessment. Once this is completed, referrals to specialised intervention programs are then carried out.
The success or otherwise of offenders engaged in programs designed to address their behaviour is taken into account by the judiciary when they are sentenced at the completion of the court based regime.
Offenders may enter the Family Violence Court program by either being bailed directly to appear in the dedicated court by police or by being referred to the court upon pleading guilty in the Magistrates Court.
The court process operates on a collaborative case management model involving the Department of the Attorney General, Department of Corrective Services, Western Australia Police and Department for Child Protection.
The Family Violence Court Case Management model involves:
The Family Violence Court provides customised programs and support to meet the needs of Aboriginal people and other cultural groups. The court engages with existing support services located throughout the metropolitan regions
Each of the Family Violence Courts is supported by a Family Violence Service which provides support and advice to victims of family violence.
All Family Violence Courts provide services and programs that are culturally appropriate for Aboriginal people.
Each court also has a Family Violence Support Service which can provide:
Enquiries regarding the Family Violence Courts can be made by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Armadale Family Violence Court
Armadale Court House
109 Jull Street
ARMADALE WA 6112
Phone: (08) 9399 0722
Fremantle Family Violence Court
8 Holdsworth Street
FREMANTLE WA 6160
Phone: (08) 9431 0324
Fax: (08) 9335 9783
Joondalup Family Violence Court
21 Reid Promenade
JOONDALUP WA 6027
Phone: (08) 9400 0707
Fax: (08) 9400 0728
Midland Family Violence Court
Midland Court House
24 Spring Park Road
MIDLAND WA 6056
Phone: (08) 9250 0229
Fax: (08) 9274 6676
Perth Family Violence Court
501 Hay Street
PERTH WA 6000
Phone: (08) 9425 2459
Fax: (08) 9425 2465
Rockingham Family Violence Court
ROCKINGHAM WA 6168
Phone: (08) 9592 4018
Fax: (08) 9527 9280
Last updated: 1-Sep-2015
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