Allegations of family violence and child abuse in family law children's proceedings

A pre-reform exploratory study
Research Report No. 15 – May 2007

Appendix F: Type of family violence or child abuse: All cases

Table F1 Type of family violence or child abuse alleged in each court by sample: All cases
  General population
( n = 240)
Judicial determination
( n = 59)
FCoA
( n = 120)
%
FMC
( n = 120)
%
FCoA
( n = 30)
%
FMC
( n = 29)
%
Family violence and/or child abuse 55.0 61.8 76.7 65.5
Spousal violence 45.8 53.3 76.7 62.1
Other adult family violence 19.2 20.0 26.7 20.7
Any family violence 50.0 56.7 76.7 62.1
Child abuse by spouse/parent 24.2 24.2 43.3 13.8
Child abuse by other 5.8 5.0 16.7 6.9
Any child abuse 25.8 27.5 46.7 20.7
Family violence only 29.2 34.3 30.0 44.9
Child abuse only 5.0 5.0 0 3.4
Co-occurrence of family violence and child abuse 20.8 22.5 46.7 17.2
No allegations 45.0 38.2 23.3 34.5
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Note. The FMC judicial determination sample excludes one case because no litigant was identified. "Spousal violence" includes allegations in non-couple cases of violence between the opposing parties. "Any family violence" includes two cases where there was a disclosure of an intervention order only (with no specific allegations contained in the family law affidavit material, or in a "complaint for intervention order" annexed to the information sheet).

  1. Figures relate to Bordow (personal communication, 1994) only - cited by Parkinson (1995).
  2. But see qualification regarding sample size noted in Chapter 2.
  3. A "weapon" is defined as any object one person may use to threaten another person's life. In these cases, weapons included guns, swords and knives.