Issues relating to Queensland Magistrates Understandings of Domestic Violence

Carpenter, Belinda J. & Field, Rachael M. (2003) Issues relating to Queensland Magistrates Understandings of Domestic Violence. In DVCAN Annual Conference, June 2003, Brisbane. (Unpublished)

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A survey of Queensland Magistrates’ attitudes to domestic violence was conducted in May and June 2000. All 96 Magistrates and Acting Magistrates in both urban and regional areas in Queensland were invited to respond to the survey. Of the 96 surveys sent out, 38 responses were received, representing a response rate of 40 percent. The survey instrument used was a modified version of the New South Wales Judicial Commission’s survey of New South Wales Magistrates conducted in 1998. The reason for replicating such a survey was five-fold. First, as a response to the paucity of empirical qualitative research on domestic violence in Queensland. Second, as a response to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) 1994 research which suggested that for many women the horror of the violence perpetrated against them had been compounded by the law’s failure to protect them. Third, as a contribution to the development of the legal discourse on domestic violence. Fourth, as a response to the ALRC’s call for more research and better data on women and the legal system. Fifth, due to concern that most legal research on domestic violence issues is not comparable because of the various methodologies used in different projects and across jurisdictions. Finally, this project represents the first research to date on the views of Queensland Magistrates in relation to domestic violence.

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ID Code: 3726
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Domestic Violence, Magistrates, Custody, Ouster Orders, Women, Feminism
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 23 Mar 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:31

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