Bella* is a mother who escaped a domestic violence relationship with her children. She never expected the system designed to protect her kids could cause further harm.

Bella’s perpetrator used the family court system to continue the ongoing cycle of abuse and control.

Now, women around the country with experiences like Bella’s are instigating a class action against the Family court. 

They are also calling for a royal commission into the court they claim is exposing them and their children to harm instead of protecting them.

If you are experiencing domestic and family violence, please contact the national counselling service:

  • 1800RESPECT  (1800 737 732)

*Name changed for legal and safety reasons


Produced By: Netta Finney

Featured In Story: Bella (name changed) – Respondent mother in the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia; Survivor of domestic abuse, and Sonny Smith – Admitted Lawyer; Human Rights Advocate; University Lecturer

First aired on The Wire, Friday 26 April 2024