Family Violence in the Court 2017 – 2018

Date: TBA
Cost: TBA


This one day, face to face training program provides guidance and promotes best practice for the judiciary when dealing with cases involving domestic violence.

Information on understanding the complainant / perpetrator, judicial responsibilities in the courtroom and communication from the bench will be delivered, along with a courtroom scenario that will engage participants and lead discussion on key issues relevant to courtroom control.

Below is the program overview. For further information or to secure a training date, please email NJCA’s Family Violence Program Manager, Jane Armstrong at

Session 1
Overview of family violence (FV) incidence in Australia
• National Domestic and Family Violence Bench (NDFVBB)
• Access, benefits and practical application of the NDFVBB
Understanding the complainant
• State / territory and local level statistics (victim focused)
• Discuss the views and perceptions of family violence that are common in the community
• Identify help seeking pathways and options (include decision making and barriers)
• Define available victim services (local, regional, national)
• Recognise legal and policy frameworks
Session 2
Perpetrators of family violence
• State / territory and local level statistics (perpetrator focused)
• Classify the behaviour and dynamics of family violence (perpetrator focused)
• Define effective perpetrator intervention and accountability programs (local, regional, national)
• Recognise legal and policy frameworks
Judicial responsibilities in the courtroom
• Risks, safety and evidence
• Enabling best evidence (the vulnerable witness)
• Evaluate risk assessment tools (NDFVBB and local level)
• Managing court safety (include privacy issues)
• Working with interpreters and support persons
Session 3
Communicating from the bench
• Adjournments, collating information and in-time decision making
• Identifying and responding to the views of the victim
• Techniques for supporting the vulnerable witness
• Crafting conditions and sentencing Using the NDFVBB Case database
Courtroom scenario – in virtual reality
• Identifying the scope of powers in a trauma informed courtroom, a family violence case
• Consider a range of emotions including fear; anger; denial and stress experienced by the victim; perpetrator; family and court employees
Session 4
Coordinated responses to domestic and family violence and the court
• Content to be advised
Judicial self – care
• Content to be advised
NDFVBB Checklists and quick reference
• What must I do; what must I check and what is my power?
• What are my MUST do’s / MUST nots