This state of knowledge paper examines judicial education in relation to domestic and family violence, including good practices and initiatives, why specific education, professional development and training are needed and the factors influencing judicial officer decision making. It further identifies a range of factors which intersect to contribute to improved judicial officer education in the area of domestic and family violence. Survey research on judicial officers in Australia has been utilised to support this discussion. The strength of this research component was that there was capacity to ask judicial officers directly about the learning and educational formats they find useful. This research may help education providers and course designers when preparing material for this audience.
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.