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National domestic and family violence bench book Attorney-General's Department (Commonwealth of Australia) and Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration

Contributor(s): Australia. Attorney-General's Department | Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Attorney-General's Department (Commonwealth of Australia) ; Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration 2021Subject(s): DOMESTIC VIOLENCE | FAMILY VIOLENCE | INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE | JUSTICE | LAW | INTERNATIONAL | AUSTRALIAOnline resources: Click here to access online Summary: this bench book complements efforts under The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022 by assisting the education and training of judicial officers so as to promote best practice and improve consistency in judicial decision-making and court experiences for victims in cases involving domestic and family violence across Australia. There is no single ‘family violence law’ in Australia, and a range of legal responses may be applicable in cases where domestic and family violence is involved. Some of these legal responses are federal (such as Family Law) and some are state or territory-based (such as domestic violence protection orders and criminal law). However, this bench book does not reproduce or interpret the substance of these laws and legal responses, or explain how they vary. The purpose of this bench book is to provide a central resource for judicial officers considering legal issues relevant to domestic and family violence related cases that will contribute to harmonising the treatment of these cases across jurisdictions along broad principles and may assist them with decision-making and judgment writing. This bench book does not seek to represent the opinions or preferences of judicial officers, or to direct judicial officers as to the manner in which they should respond to domestic and family violence related cases. Rather, it provides background information and knowledge supported by research, links to a range of legal and related resources, and practical guidelines for courtroom management that judicial officers may consult when considering the breadth of issues and appropriate course of action in any individual case. In deciding whether, or how, a particular issue may be dealt with, the judicial officer must necessarily balance the interests of all participants in a case. As well as serving as a resource in the judicial decision-making process, this bench book is a publicly available resource that is intended to benefit other legal professionals and service providers who are working with victims and perpetrators of domestic and family violence. The social science and related literature referenced in the ‘key literature’ and ‘other resources’ sections of this bench book are provided to promote a greater understanding of the dynamics and behaviours associated with domestic and family violence identified in a significant body of academic research conducted in Australia and internationally over recent decades. Each case is different and this research is not intended to be definitive or prescriptive in any given case. Furthermore, its admissibility in judicial proceedings is regulated by the rules of evidence applicable in the jurisdiction in which the particular proceedings are being heard. (From the document). Record #7275
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this bench book complements efforts under The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022 by assisting the education and training of judicial officers so as to promote best practice and improve consistency in judicial decision-making and court experiences for victims in cases involving domestic and family violence across Australia.

There is no single ‘family violence law’ in Australia, and a range of legal responses may be applicable in cases where domestic and family violence is involved. Some of these legal responses are federal (such as Family Law) and some are state or territory-based (such as domestic violence protection orders and criminal law). However, this bench book does not reproduce or interpret the substance of these laws and legal responses, or explain how they vary.

The purpose of this bench book is to provide a central resource for judicial officers considering legal issues relevant to domestic and family violence related cases that will contribute to harmonising the treatment of these cases across jurisdictions along broad principles and may assist them with decision-making and judgment writing. This bench book does not seek to represent the opinions or preferences of judicial officers, or to direct judicial officers as to the manner in which they should respond to domestic and family violence related cases. Rather, it provides background information and knowledge supported by research, links to a range of legal and related resources, and practical guidelines for courtroom management that judicial officers may consult when considering the breadth of issues and appropriate course of action in any individual case. In deciding whether, or how, a particular issue may be dealt with, the judicial officer must necessarily balance the interests of all participants in a case.

As well as serving as a resource in the judicial decision-making process, this bench book is a publicly available resource that is intended to benefit other legal professionals and service providers who are working with victims and perpetrators of domestic and family violence.

The social science and related literature referenced in the ‘key literature’ and ‘other resources’ sections of this bench book are provided to promote a greater understanding of the dynamics and behaviours associated with domestic and family violence identified in a significant body of academic research conducted in Australia and internationally over recent decades. Each case is different and this research is not intended to be definitive or prescriptive in any given case. Furthermore, its admissibility in judicial proceedings is regulated by the rules of evidence applicable in the jurisdiction in which the particular proceedings are being heard. (From the document). Record #7275