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The effectiveness of legal protection in the prevention of domestic violence in the lives of young Australian women

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 148

Margrette Young, Julie Byles and Annette Dobson
ISBN 0 642 24152 X ISSN 0817-8542 ; CRC 30/96-97
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, March 2000


A national study of young women who experience physical violence by a partner is reported in this paper. The authors examine the effectiveness of legal protection in preventing repeated violence and compare outcomes after legal intervention from the police or the courts, or both. The results indicate that a coordinated approach which links court protection orders with police intervention may be the best way to protect young women from violence.

This paper is taken from the report of research undertaken with the assistance of a grant from the Criminology Research Council.