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

This state of knowledge paper investigates the enforcement and information sharing of domestic and family violence protection orders (DVPOs) in Australia.

It examines current knowledge on the enforcement of DVPOs in Australia; including underpinning legislation and the perspectives of victims and their advocates, police and magistrates and lawyers. The paper also presents the existing knowledge on information sharing related to protection orders, within and across agencies and across state borders.

The paper finds that for victims and their advocates, police and judicial decision-making and their experiences of government systems have a lasting impact on their lives. The consequences of ineffective responses can be frustrating, disempowering and potentially lead to lethal consequences.

Research indicates that policing is pivotal in the enforcement of protection orders. Innovative police practice showed the willingness of some police sections to improve effectiveness, victim safety and perpetrator accountability, but there are some concerns on knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence.

 

 

Publication details

This work is part of the ANROWS Landscapes series. ANROWS Landscapes (State of knowledge papers) are medium length papers that scope current knowledge on an issue related to violence against women and their children. Papers will draw on empirical research, including research produced under ANROWS’s research program, and /or practice knowledge.


Authors

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ANNABEL TAYLOR
Director, Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (CDFVR), CQUniversity

DR NADA IBRAHIM
Senior Research Officer, CDFVR, CQUniversity

MS SHELLEE WAKEFIELD
Senior Research Officer, CDFVR, CQUniversity

MS KATRINA FINN
Senior Research Officer, CDFVR, CQUniversity


ISBN: 978-1-925372-31-1 (print) 978-1-925372-30-4 (online)

60 pp.

Suggested citation

Taylor, A., Ibrahim, N., Wakefield, S., & Finn, K. (2015). Domestic and family violence protection orders in Australia: An investigation of information sharing and enforcement: State of knowledge paper (ANROWS Landscapes, 16/2015). Sydney, NSW: ANROWS.

 

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