Report Initiatives for Women in the Northern Territory 1983-1993
Tabled Paper 1888
Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Marshall Perron
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violence. T his will enable m ore app ropria te stra teg ies to be developed includ ing inform ed com m unity debate. O ther benefits from the program will include m onitoring of any changes in dom estic violence; improved evaluation of legislation an d police practice an d procedures; increased accountab ility and a g rea te r poten tial for dom estic violence to be trea ted a s crim inal behaviour. As well as being able to u n d ertak e ju risd ic tiona l com parisons th e program will facilitate a m ore in tegrated , m ulti-agency d a ta base. Domestic Violence Legal Help In 1991 the N orthern Territory Legal Aid C om m ission com m enced p a rt- tim e para-legal a ss is tan ce to survivors of dom estic violence a t th e Darwin M agistrates C ourt. In 1992, the C om m ission con tracted w ith th e D arw in C om m unity Legal Service to provide a six m onth full-tim e pilot program , the D om estic Violence Legal Help Service, staffed by a solicitor. As a re su lt of an evaluation of the pilot p rogram the G overnm ent allocated funding du rin g 1993 for em ploym ent of two full tim e solicitors. A sim ilar service will be estab lished in Alice Springs in 1993. The Dom estic Violence Legal Help Service advises and a ss is ts people in D arw in an d Alice Springs applying for res tra in in g o rders in c ircu m stan ces of dom estic violence. Victims o f Crime The A ttorney-G eneral h a s referred two m atte rs to the C rim es Victim s Advisory Com m ittee for advice: the in troduction of victim im pact s ta tem en ts in th e N orthern Territory; and