Protection from family violence : a study of protection orders under the Domestic Protection Act 1982 (abridged)
By: Busch, Ruth.
Contributor(s): Lapsley, Hilary | New Zealand - Victims Task Force | Robertson, Neville R.Material type: BookPublisher: Wellington The Victims Task Force 1992Description: viii, 267 p.Other title: Commissioned by the Victims Task Force and prepared for public release from an original report by Ruth Busch, Neville Robertson and Hilary Lapsey.Subject(s): CASE STUDIES | COURTS | DOMESTIC VIOLENCE | NEW ZEALAND | LAWDDC classification: 362.8292 PRO
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Contents: pt. 1. Background and method -- pt. 2. Women, violence and the justice system : case studies of domestic protection -- pt. 3. Domestic protection and the justice system : problems and recommendations.
This report is an abridged version of a study that investigated breaches of non-violence and non-molestation orders. In 1990 the Victims Task Force commissioned the University of Waikato Domestic Protection Team to undertake a study of continuing breaches of non-violence and non-molestation orders made by the Family or the District Court, with a view to improving the protection offered to victims. It was felt that publication of the full report would contravene the family law statutes which have been designed to protect the safety of those using the Family Court. Nineteen case studies are presented in the final report. They draw upon three broad sources of information: interviews with women whose orders have been breached; interviews with key informants, (police, judges, refuge workers, counsellors and Family Court counselling coordinators) who were selected for their ability to provide a national overview; and archival material, such as reported and unreported court decisions and police files. The study is not intended to be representative of all women who approach the police. However, it highlights the gaps between the reality of the dangers faced by the women in the case studies and the way in which the justice system has responded to their victimisation. The report concludes with over 100 recommendations for addressing the issues it raises. No specific recommendations are made regarding further research priorities.