Staying home, staying safe: the value of domestic violence protection order provisions in homelessness strategies

Author(s)Wilcox, Karen and McFerran, Ludo
Title Staying home, staying safe: the value of domestic violence protection order provisions in homelessness strategies
Source Reform (Australian Law Reform Commission), no.94, 2009: 24-26
Date 2009
Document type Research report
Coverage Australia
URL http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/other/alrc/publications/reform/reform94/7.html
Summary The report examines the use of domestic violence protection orders in Australia and discusses the low utilisation of exclusion conditions in protection orders. A number of reasons are suggested for this including some victims feeling safer by escaping a violent relationship and going into hiding. In order for exclusion orders to be effective in keeping victims safe as well as out of homelessness a range of factors need to be addressed. These include such things as security alarms, new locks, case tracking and support and counselling. The authors examine some of the program developments throughout Australia including the Safe at Home response in Tasmania and the Staying Home, Leaving Violence program in NSW,
Keywords Domestic violence; safety; justice
Topic Domestic violence