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Coroners Act In the matter of the Coroner's Findings and Recommendations regarding the death of Ms Wendy Murphy and Ms Natalie McCormack dated 14 March 2017



Coroners Act In the matter of the Coroner's Findings and Recommendations regarding the death of Ms Wendy Murphy and Ms Natalie McCormack dated 14 March 2017

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-5 by the Chief Judge and rules of court. The proposed model does not require legislation for the establishment of a standalone court. The proposed model includes: specialised domestic and family violence training for court registry staff, Judges, prosecutors and defence lawyers; the development of improved court processes and procedures to deal with domestic and family violence matters more quickly; improved procedures for addressing related legal issues (which might include Domestic Violence Orders, criminal matters, child protection and family law) more efficiently and with a focus on victim safety; a common risk assessment tool to better assess risks to victims and their children; increased referral processes for offender treatment and counselling programs; and improvements in information-sharing and collaboration across agencies to provide holistic case management and support to victims, as well as improved services for perpetrators that support them to change their behaviour. Implementation of the proposal in the Alice Springs Local Court will be a matter for decision by the Local Court. Depending on the decision of the Local Court, the proposal will be considered for implementation in other parts of the Territory, following further consultation, to take account of the local circumstances of different regions. 269. Alternative (to the criminal justice system) intervention strategies that allow for a more flexible family and community focussed approach that will both ensure the victim's safety and give the couple the choice to remain together or to separate (and support them in their choices) The Territory Families response (refer Attachment C) advises that it is taking the following steps to address the recommendation of the Coroner at paragraph 269 of the Coronia I Findings: seeking funding for the continuation of programs and services implemented under the 'Domestic and Family Violence Reduction Strategy 2014-2017: Safety is Everyone's Right' and the 'Alice Springs Integrated Response to Family and Domestic Violence', namely: o Family Safety Framework; o Critical Intervention Outreach Services; o Domestic Violence Specialist Children's Services; o Men's Behaviour Change Program;

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