Family mediation and women’s services: Towards effective referral

Cleak, Helen, Bickerdike, Andrew J., & Moloney, Lawrie (2006) Family mediation and women’s services: Towards effective referral. Journal of Family Studies, 12(2), pp. 185-202.

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Central to Government’s strategy for separating families is the management and resolution of disputes away from courts and litigation processes wherever this is achievable. A key group of players in facilitating this vision are workers within the wide range of women’s services. This study surveyed workers at a number of Victorian women’s services that provide advice, support, and referral for women and explored their understanding of mediation processes and outcomes. The results indicate that, while generally supportive of mediation as a process that could assist their clients, workers were concerned about its appropriateness when family violence was an issue. Some of these concerns appeared to be based upon a good understanding of the limitations of mediation practices, but it is also apparent that some concerns were influenced by a misunderstanding and limited knowledge of contemporary mediation practice. It is recommended that family mediation services work proactively with women’s services in order to better inform each other of the possibilities and constraints in working with postseparation disputes.

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ID Code: 95613
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Family Mediation, Women’s Services, Perceptions of Workers, Referral, Power and Violence, Family Law
DOI: 10.5172/jfs.327.12.2.185
ISSN: 1839-3543
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 17 May 2016 23:27
Last Modified: 19 May 2016 00:15

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