Family law reforms may need royal commission scrutiny: Chief Justice

A royal commission into family law should be considered if reforms currently underway do not address public concerns about the system, outgoing Family Court Chief Justice John Pascoe says.

Calls for dowry abuse to be recognised as domestic violence under Australian law

The disturbing number of women experiencing domestic violence and even being killed by their partners as a result of dowry-related abuse is an "alarming" problem that requires an urgent national response, the first hearing of the Senate inquiry into dowry abuse in Australia hears.

Parents’ complaints about ‘gods of the court’ force Medical Council inquiry

They've been described as the "gods of the court" — the report writers whose assessments can affect Family Court custody decisions. Now, a group of parents has launched a challenge against one report writer, alleging his practices "place the public at risk".

‘Almost like I was possessed’: Raquel’s rage grew from her family’s dark past

Four years into my relationship with my partner, I realised I was continuing a cycle of abuse. I am a survivor of family sexual abuse who was raised by a child molester, and I was releasing my rage on the closest person to me, writes Raquel O'Brien.