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Not a Crime Like Any Other: Sentencing Breaches of Domestic Violence Protection Orders

The University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 07-16

Criminal Law Journal, Vol. 31, No. 4, pp. 220-233, August 2007

14 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2007  

Heather Douglas

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law

Abstract

The question of how to respond to domestic violence continues to be a significant issue in our communities. One of the underlying concerns of many of these initiatives is the role of criminal justice responses to domestic violence. Very low rates of criminal prosecution continue to be associated with domestic violence matters throughout most of Australia. One exception to this is the criminal prosecution of breaches of protection orders. In 2005, there were over 8,000 breaches of domestic violence orders prosecuted in Queensland. This article explores the role of sentencing in domestic violence matters through an examination of court responses to breach prosecutions.

Keywords: Domestic violence, criminal law, sentencing

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Douglas, Heather, Not a Crime Like Any Other: Sentencing Breaches of Domestic Violence Protection Orders. The University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 07-16; Criminal Law Journal, Vol. 31, No. 4, pp. 220-233, August 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1014283

Heather Douglas (Contact Author)

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law ( email )

The University of Queensland
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

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