e-Newsletter  |  October 2020
Recent event:  Angela Lynch AM webinar -

Last Wednesday, 23 September, a national FLPN audience viewed a comprehensive presentation by Angela Lynch AM, who provided a valuable overview of latest developments in the family law sector in response to domestic and family violence matters, drawing on recent research, case studies and her hands-on involvement on the legal front line.  

Arguably one of the most sobering aspects of Angela's presentation was the reflections and learnings around the tragic stories of 
Eeva Dorendahl, the Edwards children, as well as Brisbane woman Hannah Clarke and her children.  Their stories have given new impetus to calls for a legal system review to halt the incidences and severity of domestic and family violence in Australia, as the actions of the perpetrators in these cases reached previously unimaginable extremes.  Coer
cive control and the abuse of shared parental responsibility arrangements are aspects that have been called out for particular attention in such a review.

Angela also briefly referenced the Evatt List, which is part of the new Lighthouse Project now operating from the Brisbane registry (as reported in our July newsletter).  That this project exists, is acknowledgement that we, as a sector in Queensland, are open to doing things differently and committed to building legal system capacity to better manage domestic and family violence matters.  Angela gave us pause for thought, concluding her presentation by unpacking other practical ways in which our systems approach to such matters could more readily identify and assess risk and provide support to people experiencing family and domestic violence. 

Angela's presentation remains open for catch-up viewing online for the next seven days.  You simply need to register first to receive the webinar link - here .
Upcoming event -

On Tuesday 20 October (at 12 noon local Queensland time) the national Family Law Pathways Networks will host the next webinar in our 2020 series - with Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon and Professor JaneMaree Maher.  They will be drawing on their research to present on "The views of Australian judicial officers on domestic and family violence perpetrator interventions".

Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon is Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and an Associate Professor in Criminology in the Faculty of Arts, Monash University.  Professor Maher is Associate Dean Academic Development in the Faculty of Arts and a key researcher within the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre.

For further information and to book, click here . 

Local service update -

Free legal help is available to bushfire hit communities 

Bushfire-affected people still trying to rebuild their lives after the 2019-2020 bushfires can access free legal help from Legal Aid Queensland.  Legal Aid has received additional funding to offer this service.

Queensland was declared a State of Emergency during the 2019-2020 bushfire season when fires swept through parts of Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Ipswich and the Gold Coast.  

Legal Aid Queensland’s Bushfire Legal Help program will provide legal help to bushfire-hit Queenslanders about:

  • Farms and debt
  • Rural based businesses whose sole or main business is providing goods and or services (which relate to primary production) to farming businesses
  • Personal debt including mortgages, personal loans, consumer leases and credit cards
  • Insurance
  • Employment
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law. 
For more information, click here .
In the News -

Network allegedly helped mothers steal their own children and flee interstate, Brisbane Court heard - ABC News, 28 September

Queensland Police appeal sentence of officer who leaked domestic violence survivor's contact details - Nine News, 28 September

Safe Places for women and children escaping violence - Ministers for the Department of Social Services media release, 28 September

Beenham Valley Road [Gympie] | What happened to Kirra McLoughlin? - ABC Australian Story, 14 and 21 September

68.25 million for frontline domestic violence support services - Ministers for the Department of Social Services media release, 16 September

My working week: 'I cry after hearing one domestic abuse survivor's story. She is lucky to be alive' - The Guardian, 14 September

Inquest told John Edwards had long history of domestic violence before shooting dead son and daughter, ABC News, 7 September

Judge rebuked for 'cruel, insulting, humiliating' conduct in family law trial - Sydney Morning Herald, 2 September

Family law judges at breaking point, going from one 'horrific' case to the next - ABC News, 2 September

Attorney-General Media Release -

Appointment to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia - 18 September 

New Members - 

A reminder that the Family Law Pathways Network Sunshine Coast warmly welcomes new Members.  Membership is FREE to join: encourage interested colleagues to simply email their details to the FLPN Co-ordinator via this link.
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