Family violence and family law in Australia: the views and experiences of children and adults from families who separated post-1995 and post-2006

Bagshaw, D., Brown, T., Wendt, S., Campbell, A., McInnes, E., Baker, J., Tinning, B., Batagol, B., Sifris, A., Tyson, D., and Fernandez Arias, P. (2010) Family violence and family law in Australia: the views and experiences of children and adults from families who separated post-1995 and post-2006. In: Proceedings of 11th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference. pp. 1-12. From: 11th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, 7 - 9 July 2010, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Abstract

The new family law legislation of 2006 was introduced as offering a stronger framework for the protection of adult victims and children from family violence. However, this view was disputed by many professionals prior to the introduction of the legislation and the creation of the many new services to support it. Shortly after the implementation of the legislation, disquiet emerged about its impact on the management of family violence following parental separation and divorce. By early 2009, the new Commonwealth Government had announced an unprecedented series of enquires into aspects of the working of the new legislation, with all except one being primarily concerned with family violence. This paper will present some of the findings of one of these enquiries, the Monash/Uni SA/James Cook enquiry into family law and family violence, aimed at discovering what former partners and children had experienced in their use of the family law socio-legal services before and after the new legislation, what their views of the services were and how violence influenced their separation and post-separation decision making. The project tapped the views and experiences of over 1,000 adults and children who separated post-1995 and post-2006, using: online surveys for adults and children, call-back interviews with a sample of adults from that group and phone-ins with adults and children in Queensland and South Australia. The project canvassed males and females from all states and all walks of life, including most ethnicities and Indigenous people.

Item ID: 16917
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: family violence, family law, law reform
Date Deposited: 11 May 2011 03:12
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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