Family Violence and Family Law: Where to Now?

4 Family Law Review, 3-24, 2014

22 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2016

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Adiva Sifris

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Anna Parker

Nicholes Family Lawyers

Date Written: March 17, 2016

Abstract

The Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and other Measures Act) 2011 (Cth) introduced a number of amendments to the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) relating to the manner in which courts exercising jurisdiction under the Act should deal with cases involving family violence and child abuse. This article examines these reforms, including the context in which they took place. It then argues that while the reforms are significant and will go some way towards improving the family law system’s response to victims of violence and abuse, further reform is required. In particular, it is argued that if the family law system is to respond adequately to the high incidence of violence and abuse within separated families, provisions in the Family Law Act which treat family violence as an exception to the norm must be amended.

Suggested Citation

Sifris, Adiva and Parker, Anna, Family Violence and Family Law: Where to Now? (March 17, 2016). 4 Family Law Review, 3-24, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2748986

Adiva Sifris (Contact Author)

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

Anna Parker

Nicholes Family Lawyers

12, 460 Lonsdale St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Australia

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