Scoping the development of specialised and trauma-informed legal services for victims and survivors of sexual assault
The Law Council of Australia provided a submission to the Attorney-General’s Department in response to the Discussion Paper 'Scoping the development of specialised and trauma-informed legal services for victims and survivors of sexual assault'. This submission addresses questions 8 to 12 of the Discussion Paper.
In addition, the Law Council acknowledges the assistance of its Access to Justice, National Criminal Law and Young Lawyers Committees, the Law Society of New South Wales and the Queensland Law Society in preparing this submission.
The Law Council supports the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children (National Plan) and is committed to advocating for meaningful reform to protect victims and survivors of sexual violence and uphold a fair, just and accessible legal system in Australia.
The Law Council has previously welcomed the recognition in the National Plan that there is a need to implement appropriate measures to improve criminal justice responses to sexual assault and to promote fair justice outcomes in these matters.1 The Law Council considers that this is only achievable if much needed additional funding for the legal assistance sector is provided. It cannot be achieved with the current resourcing of the sector.
1 Law Council of Australia, ‘Ending violence against women and children’ (Media Release, 18 October 2022)