Selma Milovanovic; 4/5/09
A national campaign against family violence has called for urgent changes to the Family Law Act to protect children from violence by fathers during court-imposed access visits. In 2006, to emphasise shared parenting, the act was amended to balance the need to protect a child from violence with the child’s benefit of having a meaningful relationship with both parents. But some experts say the two principles are contradictory in cases of family violence. At a Melbourne rally of Mayday! Safer Family Law Campaign yesterday, family lawyer Sarah Vessali said court practitioners who were out of touch with issues of family violence needed to be better educated in protecting children from harm.