How victims of sexual violence are dealt with by the courts

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Q+A: Amy Adams – addressing how victims of sexual violence are dealt with by the courts is a priorityQ+A: Amy Adams – addressing how victims of sexual violence are dealt with by the courts is a priority

Justice Minister Amy Adams told TV One’s Q+A programme addressing how victims of sexual violence are dealt with by the courts is a priority for her.

“Well look it’s always been my view that one of the things we need to do in the Justice sector is think very carefully about how the sector protects the most vulnerable, who tend to be the women and children who’ve been the subjects in either sexual or family violence.”

Minister Adams also says it’s likely domestic violence law will change after review of legislation underway.

“What I think is important in this whole area of domestic violence is that we take a very broad approach to talking with stakeholders, the community, all of the groups who are involved in the sector, and getting a sense of the direction we need to go in.”

She admits the court process can be “traumatic” for family or sexual violence victims.

“I think we’ve come a long way, but we know that it’s a terribly traumatic process to come forward as a victim, and I think the court system can and must think long and hard about whether there is more it can do.”

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