Our Tipping the Scales project is surveying Maryborough Court users to better understand their experiences and preferred justice outcomes. Local Courts are an essential public facility in regional and rural towns. Tipping the Scales is working with local police, Court Services and other justice agencies in Maryborough to improve safety and accessibility at the Magistrates’ Court for people affected by family violence.
Not only do local Courts provide access to justice and legal protections for vulnerable members of the community, they are increasingly a hub for connecting people affected by family violence to critical support services.
Survey data will be used to identify areas for improvement in Court facilities and processes, and will inform the development of a Justice Indicator Profile for Central Goldfields Shire. The Justice Indicator Profile will identify a list of conditions or factors that contribute to increased access to justice for people affected by family violence in the region.
The Maryborough Court User Survey expands on previous research conducted by Loddon Campaspe CLC as part of the Will Somebody Listen to Me? project. This research found that participation, voice, validation, offender accountability, healing and restoration were critical to women’s experiences of justice.