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There are mandatory reporting laws in the Northern Territory which apply to all adults, including lawyers. These laws are an exception to the duty of confidentiality which we also must follow.
This means that our staff must make a mandatory report if they receive information which leads them to believe that:
- A person, including a child, has caused, is causing, or is likely to cause, serious physical harm to someone they are in a domestic relationship with. This includes historic sexual assaults
- The life or safety of a person, including a child, is under serious or imminent threat, because domestic violence has been, or is about to be committed
- A child is experiencing physical, psychological, or emotional abuse, neglect, other exploitation, or is exposed to physical violence
- There is any sexual activity of a child under 14
A mandatory report does not need to be made when:
- A mandatory report has been made already to the Police
- The victim was being removed to a safe place and a report was going to be made after the victim was safe
- Serious or imminent threat to life or safety of any person may result if a report is made