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Family Violence in Australia: The Legal Response

Family Violence in Australia: The Legal Response

By Renata Alexander

With national homicide figures revealing that almost 40% of all homicides in Australia occur within families, there is a significant need for this book. It serves as an invaluable and practical resource for anyone who comes into contact with victims of family violence. 

Criminal Procedure Family Court 

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    With national homicide figures revealing that almost 40% of all homicides in Australia occur within families, there is a significant need for this book. It serves as an invaluable and practical resource for anyone who comes into contact with victims of family violence. The book covers:

    Family violence legislative schemes applicable in each State and Territory, including remedies, definitions, who can apply, criteria for obtaining orders, duration, variation, portability, breach, procedure and forms, and reviews and proposals for reform.

    Criminal law and the criminal process, including police powers, criminal offences such as homicide, and sentencing.

    Family law and procedures for protection under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), including the relevance of family violence in parenting matters and financial and property matters.

    The types, the causes, the risk factors and consequences of, and community attitudes to, family violence.

    The specific legal resources and social services available to affected families plus a checklist of practical questions for those assisting a family violence victim.

    While there are national campaigns and organisations working to combat family violence, the legal responses remain fragmented. This book highlights the need for a uniform response across all States and Territories.

  • About the author

    Dr Renata Alexander is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University and a Victorian barrister specialising in family law and family violence cases.

    She teaches family law and clinical legal education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has published widely on family law, family violence and child abuse.

    She has volunteered at a community legal centre for many years.

  • Product details

    ISBN: 9781760021788

    Published: 2018

    Format: Softcover

  • Table of contents

    Foreword by The Hon Diana Bryant AO QC, Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, 2008-2017 
    Abbreviations
    Table of Cases 
    Table of Statutes 

    Chapter 1: Family Violence – What Helpers Need to Know

    Chapter 2: The Criminal Law

    Chapter 3: The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)

    Chapter 4: Other Non-Specific Remedies

    Chapter 5: Protection Orders

    Index

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