A woman who's currently going through the Family Court in a dispute that involves her allegedly abusive husband says there are huge dangers in a proposal to deal with domestic violence away from the courts.
Justice Minister Amy Adams has launched a review of the laws around domestic violence with proposals including creating a new pathway for victims, perpetrators and family who want help to stop violence but don't want to go to court.
The woman and her children spent time in a Women's Refugee and have a protection order against her husband. She welcomes proposed changes around protection orders.
But she has told ONE News there are huge dangers in the idea of alternatives to courts in dealing with domestic violence, "largely because these men - and these are generally men - tend to be very manipulative and very good at pretending to be remorseful".
"I think anything that minimises domestic violence is going to be a problem. And unfortunately I think that providing alternative pathways to the courts could leave victims in danger."
The woman said: "I, like many people, did not want to go through the courts. But I think the difficulty is if you don't respond to domestic violence in a way that provides legal protection, the person who has been accused of assault or whatever will respond likely with exercising coercive control in other ways."
The woman says it's "a really good idea" that the Government is reviewing the domestic violence laws.
She says a proposal for mandatory arrest for all breaches of protection orders is "very sensible" because while it's quite straight forward to get a protection order, it can be very difficult to get it enforced.
The woman says a protection order has kept her and her children physically safe.
"It's kept us from the worst of the emotional abuse and it's enabled us to have supervised contact and enables my [children] to rebuild a relationship with their father in a safe, supervised environment."