Court Support 4 Kids directly addresses the difficulties faced by women affected by family violence attending court accompanied by their children. Many women are forced to bring their children to court due to safety concerns, and lack of short term day-care.
Not only are the children a distraction to women seeking legal support: the experience can be detrimental to the emotional wellbeing of children, as they are subjected to the retelling of family violence incidents.
Court Support 4 Kids has secured funding until 30 June 2020 to provide the program at Sunshine and Ballarat Magistrates’ Courts as well as Melbourne Children’s Court.
In 2018/2019, the Court Support 4 Kids program at Sunshine Magistrates’ Court supported 492 children and 352 women attending because of family violence.