Typologies of violence in family court processes: reflections from the field

Bailey, Alice, Blay, Danny, Busch, Ruth, Hume, Marie, Oberin, Julie, Scott, Margot, O'Brien, Carmel, Tinning, Beth, and Wangmann, Jane (2010) Typologies of violence in family court processes: reflections from the field. In: Proceedings of 11th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, pp. 1-11. From: 11th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, 7 - 9 July 2010, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Abstract

One of the current areas of research on family violence has been the development of typologies of intimate partner violence in recognition that it is not a homogenous phenomenon. Recent reports in Australia have highlighted this work. Research on typologies offer an important contribution to the ongoing search for, and debates about, a shared understanding of family violence in the family law arena. However, there are questions about the use of such typologies: how they are defined, who makes assessments and what do we think they mean for the experience of violence and the decision making of courts exercising family law jurisdiction in Australia. This paper brings together the reflections of eight practitioners and researchers in the field of domestic and family violence from Australia and New Zealand. We consider the opportunities and risks presented by the development and application of typologies of violence. Can Johnson's typologies, based on intimate partner abuse, be transferred to assessments of violence from parent to child? What information do we have about the effects of different categories on victims and child witnesses of the violence? Most importantly, how can an assessment of the 'type' of violence used increase the safety of vulnerable family members? Drawing on many years of expertise in the field, the intention of this paper is to contribute to family law dialogue during this time of policy opportunity.

Item ID: 16877
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: family violence, typologies of violence, family law
Date Deposited: 11 May 2011 03:22
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 50%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940112 Families and Family Services @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940113 Gender and Sexualities @ 50%
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