WA courts struggle with 'overwhelming demand' of family violence cases

Women have found themselves waiting months, if not years, for family violence restraining orders due to the increasing "gridlock" in Western Australia's courts, an inquiry has found.

Applications for family and domestic violence restraining orders surged 38 percent from 8650 to 11,975 over three years until 2018-19.

And in 2018, there were 37 family/domestic violence‐related homicides in WA, the highest of any state that year.

A nine-month inquiry into the Magistrates Court of WA’s management of family and domestic violence matters found that while the average time to trial had vastly improved in April 2019 compared to 2018, all Magistrates Court trials were still running six weeks behind the 19-week goal.

Read more at watoday here.

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  • Gary Maxwell

    Child protection domestic violence what are joke you are my interaction saw my have a bro placed on her then 9mths later a judge grants her a bro causing me of being a pedophile then followed 8yrs of bs with accusations range from I’m a rapist drug dealer Hayley dodd killer then Oct 19 she ends up in mental health unit doc goes for 2yr order I objected no legal aid funding for protection order against doc then 07 this yr all of a sudden kids handed back to mother an doc stating no intention of reunifying my daughter with me yet I’ve no orders or anything against me all the things doc said they would do was never done an I believe I was discriminated by a group of women with no regard for the relationship between me an my child but knowing this department says it’s all about families is bullshit like your ads that keep saying man is the only one who commits domestic violence sad you are so wrong

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