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NJC Intervention

Briefs

Cite as: April 2015 89 (4) LIJ, p.20

Family violence victims in the City of Yarra can now apply for intervention orders online.

The Neighbourhood Justice Centre (NJC) launched the pilot of Australia’s first online family violence application in March.

NJC director Kerry Walker said that the application is a safe and simple way for women to apply for intervention orders at a place that suits their safety needs.

“Unlike the paper intervention application that an abusive partner can find, the NJC’s online application has a range of safety features including password protection and ‘quick escape’ functions,” Ms Walker said.

The NJC is also working on an online service to help people navigate the court system by sharing real time information.
The Court Triage Service will operate at the NJC’s Magistrates’ Court by networking all those required to finalise a matter via
mobile devices.

“Giving people basic information and giving them greater involvement in their matters will go a long way to building bridges between the community and the justice system,” Ms Walker said.

The service will also help dictate ways to improve the court process.

“For the first time, we’ll have data showing us how matters transit through the court, and where the blocks are. This is dynamic information for reforming process, and finding solutions for reducing delays. We already have our eyes on how we translate this data into significant dollar savings,” Ms Walker said.

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