The Ringwood Magistrates Court has recently opened “safe room” where victims of family violence can wait away from offenders.

Victims who are forced to wait in the same court area as the offender for their matter to be called often find themselves being threatened and intimidated.

Community Law Australia representative, Hugh de Kretser, said that ‘there are a handful of safe rooms in courts around the country, but nowhere near enough… and is calling for national consistency so that victims of family violence can feel confident and safe in legal proceedings’.

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