TasCOSS Response to Family Violence: Strengthening Our Legal Responses Consultation Paper

A human rights focus is particularly important when dealing with the issue of family violence. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights has noted that violence against women constitutes a violation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of women and impairs or nullifies their enjoyment of those rights and freedoms. It is the view of the Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner that family violence in Australia is a ‘pressing, and often silent and invisible, human rights crisis within Australia’. The UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, visiting Australia in 2012, noted that the failure to articulate violence against women as a human rights issue is a key concern in Australia. Further, she noted, that ‘where governments fail to address the issue in human rights terms it can lead to an inappropriate and inadequate response by government and state agencies with long-term social and economic consequences’.

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