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Domestic Violence in Australia


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Domestic Violence - What Helpers Need to Know Introduction Definitions Incidence, causes and patterns The victim Legal centres specialising in Social Security Law The Criminal Law Introduction The criminal law and protection orders Low prosecution rate Entry into the house Arrest Bail Compellability Sentencing Does the criminal law provide adequate protection? The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) Introduction The relevance of violence in Family Court proceedings Non-molestation and non-violence injunctions Procedure Enforcement Conclusion Other Non Specific Remedies Introduction The Peace Complaint State Court injunctions Compensation Restitu Protection Orders Introduction Australian Capital Territory New South Wales Northern Territory Queensland South Australia Tasmania Victoria Western Australia Table of Cases/ Table of Statutes/ Index


Alexander successfully provides readers with an in-depth picture of the operation of domestic violence legislation around Australia. ... A good knowledge of legal remedies and non-legal; remedies such as the available support service for medical treatment and accommodation is essential for those who work with the victim in day-to-day practice, such as the police, court personnel, legal practitioners and community workers. Practitioners will find the material in this chapter useful when assisting domestic violence victims, as it includes a list of legal resources and social services and a checklist of practical questions that helpers have in mind. ... [The book] provides an excellent review of the current legal responses to domestic violence in Australian jurisdictions. I would recommend the book ... - Journal of Family Studies, Vol 10(1), April 2004 [A]n invaluable text for anyone whose work brings him/her into contact with this issue. From the outset, the author ... stresses that a holistic, interagency approach is required. ... This book is an excellent resource for providing clients [of family therapists and other counsellors] with accurate and essential information about the legal avenues for addressing domestic violence. - ANZ Journal of Family Therapy, Vol 24(3), September 2003 This practical guide ... will make useful reading for anyone involved in providing services/assistance to victims of domestic violence. - Family Matters, No 62, Winter 2002 A fantastic reference for lawyers, Domestic Violence in Australia: the Legal Response serves also as a functional summary for social workers and anyone involved in the support of families disrupted by violence. ... Ms Alexander explains practically every option the law provides to victims of domestic violence. She also analyses their relative merits. - Law Institute Journal (Vic), December 2002 This exceptionally useful book explains the wide range of available legal responses to domestic violence in each Australian jurisdiction. - Educational Book Review (India), Nov-Dec 2002

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