Victims of family violence will no longer be faced with an upfront cost when seeking interim family violence orders.
It comes after a The Examiner campaign to have the administrative fee relating to interim family violence orders removed.
People independently seeking interim family violence orders through the court faced a $32.40 administrative fee and $15 printing fee. Now those fees along with any others relating to the Family Violence Act will be waived.
"Women escaping family violence have enough to worry about in keeping themselves and their children safe without the added stress of fees required if they want to take the matter further legally to obtain Family Violence Orders or whatever else may be needed," she said.
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"I understand that urgent Orders are free but ongoing costs and fees are a significant burden when you are under immense stress and worrying about paying for the basic necessities.
"Having the government agree to remove these fees gives a message of clear support from government that enough is enough, violence is not acceptable no matter what the situation."
Engender Equality chief executive officer Alina Thomas said the announcement was great news. She said even what could be perceived as nominal amounts of money could be a barrier for people seeking help.
"Sometimes we forget that a lot of the people in the community in Tasmania are living well below the poverty line and are not receiving a liveable wage," Ms Thomas said.
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"Under those circumstances what might be perceived by other people in the community as a nominal amount of money actually becomes a hurdle to people accessing services."
Women's Legal Service Tasmania chief executive officer Yvette Cehtel said the removal of any barriers to women accessing family violence support should be welcomed.
She said it was imperative that courts were providing appropriate referrals for women and children to keep them safe when seeking family violence orders.
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"What we have learned from Olga Neubert's death is that it's not just about the payment of the fees, but being supported and having proper referrals during the court process," Ms Cehtel said.
"It's great that a financial barrier has been removed, now we need to make sure that all of the courts can appropriately manage the risks for women and children.
"Courts have to step up and give information about other support services, because we can't just consider people as a walking legal issue. The most important thing is their safety, and a piece of paper doesn't keep people safe."
She feared that the federal government's plans to merge the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court would be a step away from being able to offer holistic support, at a time when the courts needed to be providing more referral services.
Labor and the Greens have also welcomed the government's decision.
- If you or someone you know needs help it is available - Family Violence Counselling and Support Service - 1800 608 122
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