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Lawyers’ Interviews with Clients about Family Violence


Patrick Parkinson


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

Atlanta Webster


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

Judith Cashmore


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

January 31, 2011

University of New South Wales Law Journal, Vol. 33, No. 3, pp. 929-944, 2010
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 11/03

Abstract:     
39 Australian family lawyers, 20 women and 19 men, were asked about whether they routinely interviewed clients about domestic violence as part of their initial consultation with clients seeking advice on family law issues. Only just over half indicated that they routinely explored this issue, with a trend for female lawyers to be more likely to do so than male lawyers. Other lawyers, who did not routinely ask about violence, relied on intuition, assumptions about their clients based upon socio-economic status or appearance, or cues within the interview. This article argues that lawyers need to ask about family violence routinely in initial interviews with both male and female clients.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 17

Keywords: Family Law, Domestic Violence, Legal Profession, Parents, Children

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K30

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Date posted: February 3, 2011  

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Parkinson, Patrick and Webster, Atlanta and Cashmore, Judith, Lawyers’ Interviews with Clients about Family Violence (January 31, 2011). University of New South Wales Law Journal, Vol. 33, No. 3, pp. 929-944, 2010; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 11/03. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1752580

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Patrick Parkinson (Contact Author)
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
Atlanta Webster
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
Judith Cashmore
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
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