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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.

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ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.

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Powerful interventions: Improving the use and enforcement of intervention orders as a tool to address family and domestic violence in South Australia

Background

The primary aim of the "Powerful interventions" project is to improve the quality of South Australia’s response to family and domestic violence by identifying practical reform options to increase access to and enforcement of intervention orders in South Australia. This aim aligns with the strong demand within the South Australian community to see the intervention orders regime improved, reflected in the recent introduction of a Private Members' bill outlining a series of reforms in this area. High-quality, evidence-based and locally orientated research is urgently needed to enable the South Australian community and legal profession to interact meaningfully with this reform landscape.

Aim

The primary aim of the "Powerful interventions" project is to improve the quality of South Australia’s response to family and domestic violence by identifying practical reform options to increase access to and enforcement of intervention orders in South Australia.

Methods

In order to achieve this aim, the "Powerful interventions" project will:
a. analyse the existing data relating to the use and enforcement of intervention orders in South Australia
b. analyse the existing data relating to compliance and breach of intervention orders in South Australia
c. identify the key legal, social, cultural and other barriers to the effective enforcement of intervention orders in South Australia
d. identify practical reform options to address or remove these barriers, and increase access to and the effectiveness of enforcement of intervention orders in South Australia.

Significance

Central to this research is the ability to engage with and learn from those with lived experience accessing, drafting, implementing and enforcing intervention orders and responding to breaches, This research aims to equip lawmakers and policymakers with the best available information as they seek to give effect to a shared commitment to reducing the prevalence of domestic and family violence in our communities, and to guard against any unintended consequences that can flow from well-intentioned but under-researched reforms.

Funding Body

Law Foundation of South Australia

Funding Budget

$20,940.00

Project start date

July 2021

Expected completion date

June 2022
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