Domestic Violence Effectiveness

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Evaluate the effectiveness of measures to deal with domestic violence? The legal system and government have come under much scrutiny for their failure to effectively deal with domestic violence. Independent research found 23% of Australian women have experienced domestic violence. Domestic violence is Australia’s silent shame and because it happens behind closed doors society can pretend it doesn’t happen. Domestic violence is when a family member is physically or mentally harmed by another family member. This can include physical violence, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, intimidation, economic deprivation and threats of violence. Society used to think that domestic violence was a private matter between a husband and wife. This…show more content…
When the court hears a case of domestic violence the standard of proof is no different from any other trial, beyond a reasonable doubt. If found guilty the offender may be fined, placed on a good behavior bond or imprisoned depending the amount of the incidents he is charged with and whether the victim is hospitalized which allows the court to charge the offender with grievous bodily harm. If found guilty the offender is acknowledged as committing an offence and new legislation Crimes (Personal and Domestic Violence) Act 2007 (NSW) allows a perpetrators to be labeled as an offender of domestic violence. This new legislation makes it easier for police to track repeat offenders, obtain ADVO’s and search for a greater range of…show more content…
An ADVO, for a victim of domestic violence, may be hard to obtain. The typical actions of a perpetrator involve social isolation, stalking and attempts to control every moment of the victims life. With the typical actions in mind we can understand that some victims physically could not obtain an ADVO. Women also fear that an ADVO will make her life worse. They fear a backlash from their husbands would ensue and an ADVO is just a piece of paper it is not a physical barrier stopping an offender from seriously harming the victim. In March 1996 Jean Majdalawi was shot five times outside Parramatta family court by her husband disregarding his

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