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Australian domestic violence protection order legislation: A comparative quantitative content analysis of victim safety provisions
Current Issues in Criminal Justice (2013)
  • Samantha Jeffries, Griffith University
  • Christine E W Bond, Griffith University
  • Rachael Field, Queensland University of Technology
Abstract
In Australia, protection orders are a key legal response to domestic violence, and are often
viewed as a way of providing for victim safety. For instance, recently the joint Australian
and New South Wales Law Reform Commissions recommended that a common core
purpose of all state and territory domestic violence legislation should be 'to ensure or
maximise the safety and protection of persons who fear or experience family violence'
(2010:Recommendation 7-4). Drawing and building upon prior research in Australia and
the United States ('US'), this paper uses comparative quantitative content analysis to
assess the victim safety focus of domestic violence protection order legislation in each
Australian state and territory. The findings of this analysis show that the Northern
Territory, South Australia and Victoria 'stand out' from the other jurisdictions, having the
highest victim safety focus in their legislation. However, there remains sizeable scope for
improvement in all Australian jurisdictions, in terms of the victim safety focus of their
legislative provisions and considerations of legislative inconsistency between
jurisdictions.
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Publication Date
2013
DOI
http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/CICrimJust/2013/25.html
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Jeffries, S., Bond, C. E. W., & Field, R. (2013).  Australian domestic violence protection order legislation: A comparative quantitative content analysis of victim safety provisions. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 25(2), 627-643.

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Citation Information
Samantha Jeffries, Christine E W Bond and Rachael Field. "Australian domestic violence protection order legislation: A comparative quantitative content analysis of victim safety provisions" Current Issues in Criminal Justice Vol. 25 Iss. 2 (2013) p. 627 - 643 ISSN: 1034-5329
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rachael-field/5/