The Family Violence Plan 2014–16 represents a major commitment by the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia to the early identification and management of matters where violence, or the risk of violence, is alleged.

The Family Violence Plan 2014–16 represents a major commitment by the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia to the early identification and management of matters where violence, or the risk of violence, is alleged.

The overarching purpose of the Plan is to protect the most vulnerable members of our community—children—and their families from the harm associated with experiencing or being exposed to family violence.

The Plan builds on the work undertaken from 2004 onwards under the Family Court’s Family Violence Strategy, and the ongoing work of the Federal Circuit Court in this important area. It reinforces the commitment both courts have made to addressing family violence, including the measures contained in the joint Family Violence Best Practice Principles.

The Plan contains actions for the administration of the courts, and for decision makers, legal practitioners, service providers and others involved in the family law system. It contains six priority areas, each of which has a defined goal and identified actions, responsibilities and timelines. The Plan complements the courts’ other plans that form part of the broad access and inclusion framework.

The Plan was developed following extensive internal and external consultation.