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Court support 4 kids

The Court Support 4 Kids program at Sunshine Magistrates’ Court aims to reduce the stress and impact of the court process on children and their mothers, and protect them from further traumatisation.

A trained children’s worker is based at the court, providing support to women while they attend to family violence legal matters.

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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.

In 2017/2018, the Court Support 4 Kids program at Sunshine Magistrates’ Court supported 524 children. A further 311 children were supported at Geelong and Ringwood Magistrates’ Courts by our partners Bethany Community Support and EDVOS (Eastern Domestic Violence Service).

Court Support 4 Kids

Courts are unsuitable places for children.

An evaluation has shown the value of this innovative program helping women who have little choice but to bring children to court when they're applying for family violence intervention orders.

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What children tell us about their experience of family violence

We support children in their own right when they come to our safe house,helping them come to terms with the violence they have witnessed or experienced.

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