Domestic and family violence protection orders in Australia: An investigation of information sharing and enforcement

Project Summary

The National Research Agenda identified that a multi-jurisdictional comparison of legal and justice system responses across Australia is needed which identifies how the law can work in a holistic context to promote the safety of women and their children, as well as key elements of approaches that are effective in improving legal and justice responses to violence against women. “Domestic and family violence protection orders in Australia: An investigation of information sharing and enforcement” was therefore identified as a research priority (numbered 4.1) in the ANROWS Research Priorities 2014-15 released in May 2014.

ANROWS, in consultation with a project Advisory Group, and led by the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research as part of the Queensland Government’s in-kind contribution to ANROWS, undertook a detailed analysis of legal provisions pertaining to protection orders across Australian jurisdictions.

The three overarching research questions drawn from the findings for the empirical research were:

  1. What are the perceptions of professionals and victims in the enforcement of domestic violence protection orders, including cross-border situations?
  2. What do professionals and victims perceive to be the facilitators of and barriers to protection order enforcement within and across borders?
  3. What are the perceptions of professionals and victims regarding information-sharing strategies, within and across borders, in the enforcement of protection orders?

The research used a mixed multi-method approach, combining insights from multiple data sets and multiple worldviews, to develop a better understanding of enforcement of protection orders. 

Researchers

Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research 

Publications

Domestic and family violence protection orders in Australia: An investigation of information sharing and enforcement: Key findings and future directions

Domestic and family violence protection orders in Australia: An investigation of information sharing and enforcement: State of knowledge paper

Presentations

ANROWS Inaugural National Research Conference 2016

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Budget

$300,000 (max.)