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Family Violence Lists

A new model involving an integrated response to family and domestic violence in courts is currently being piloted in Fremantle. This ‘Family Violence Lists’ model focusses on the safety of family violence victims, including victim support pathways and seeking victim input at the earliest opportunity.

Key aspects of the new model include:

  • Dedicated court lists for family violence related criminal charges. The ‘Family Violence Lists’ model seeks to provide a greater level of collaboration between courts and other government and non-government domestic violence focussed agencies. This promotes victim support by allowing service delivery agencies to work together around the specified lists and for risk-relevant information exchange between service delivery agencies which can be put before the courts.

  • The integrated model includes a partnership between the Department of Corrective Services and the Family and Domestic Violence Response Teams including WA Police, the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, specialised women’s services and this Department’s Family Violence Service.  The aim is to work together to prioritise victim safety and perpetrator accountability in the courts.

  • The availability of the Family Violence Service and Community Corrections Officers at court ensures that family and domestic violence cases are subjected to a specialist integrated response. This includes a dedicated magistrate supported by professionals with specialist training in family and domestic violence.

The outcomes of the pilot in Fremantle will assist in informing the next steps for other metropolitan magistrates’ courts throughout 2016/17.

Family Violence Service

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:

  • referrals that allow victims access to counselling, crisis care and health services
  • help with violence restraining order applications and hearings
  • information on safety planning, victim support, court processes and family violence services
  • help with victim impact statements.

Enquiries regarding the Family Violence Courts can be made by e-mailing fvs@justice.wa.gov.au.

Contact details

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
Whitfield Street
ROCKINGHAM WA 6168
Phone: (08) 9592 4018
Fax: (08) 9527 9280


Last updated: 26-Aug-2016

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