26 September 2023

Legal system in trial during Law Week

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The Department of Justice and Attorney General said Law Week 2023, held last week (15-21 May), raised awareness of the legal system, and the importance of the legal community and its services.

“It was an opportunity to help everyone understand how they could play a part in addressing coercive control ahead of new laws being introduced later this year,” the Department said in a statement.

“Throughout Law Week, a range of community activities were hosted, showcasing the importance of the legal system for all legal professions, students considering a career in the law, and the public.”

The Department said the week also promoted ways the community could help address the patterned nature of coercive control, better protect those at risk and understand new laws being introduced.

“The message is important but simple — it is everyone’s responsibility to understand the many elements of domestic and family violence (DFV), including coercive control, and support is available for those impacted,” the Department said.

“It aligns with our continuing work to end DFV and coercive control, including the introduction of a standalone offence criminalising coercive control later this year.”

It said the week had also been an opportunity to bring the legal sector together in the education of Queenslanders about the importance of new laws.

“It is an important reminder to victims impacted by all forms of domestic and family violence that services are available that can offer support as well as practical advice and assistance,” the Department said.

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