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Type: Journal article
Title: Women's Experiences of the Processes Associated with the Family Court of Australia in the Context of Domestic Violence: A Thematic Analysis
Author: Roberts, D.
Chamberlain, P.
Delfabbro, P.
Citation: Psychiatry Psychology and Law, 2015; 22(4):599-615
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1321-8719
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Donna Roberts, Peter Chamberlain and Paul Delfabbro
Abstract: Domestic violence is a pervasive, significant social and public health issue that often has physical, emotional, social, legal, economic and political ramifications. The present qualitative study sought to address the paucity of knowledge in the domestic violence literature by identifying the psychological impact of the Family Court process on women who have left abusive relationships. A thematic analysis was conducted on the narratives of 15 women who had left abusive relationships and who had, or were currently, engaged with the Family Court. The results revealed that the experience of engaging with the court process caused considerable distress for the women. Principal themes related to fear of the ex-partner and having to confront him at hearings, constantly reliving the relationship via affidavits, and the insensitivity of some legal professionals to the difficulties experienced by women confronted with these experiences.
Keywords: Abusive relationships; domestic violence; Family Court; fear; legal processes; retraumatization; trauma
Rights: © 2014 The Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2014.960132
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