The second stage of the National Domestic Violence Bench Book was released on 16th June 2017.The project has been funded by the Federal Attorney General’s Department and supported by the Australasian Judicial Administration Institute as part of The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022. It will not only guide legal practitioners, but also assist those supporting victims of domestic and family violence. It is publicly accessible here.The Bench Book includes new sections on family law, protection orders, evidence and bail. It is user friendly through a searchable database providing summaries from cases across various Australian jurisdictions, and highlighting legislation from across Australia.The Bench Book has been endorsed by many including Chief Magistrate Orazio Rinaudo AM, who described it as an invaluable tool for judges, prosecutors and lawyers.

Robertson O’Gorman Solicitors are a specialist firm practicing in domestic violence and criminal law. We appear for applicants and respondents in domestic violence proceedings.