Allegations of family violence and child abuse in family law children's proceedings
- 1. Family violence, child abuse and family law
- 2. International research on allegations of family violence and child abuse in family law
- The roads ahead - "walking the talk"
- 3. Australian research on allegations of family violence and child abuse in family law
- 4. Methodology
- 5. The prevalence and nature of allegations
- 6. Evidentiary material and responses to allegations
- 7. Parenting proposals and court outcomes
- 8. Discussion and implications
- Appendix A: Summary tables of research literature
- Appendix B: Coding frame for the three-category typology of family violence and child abuse176
- Appendix C: Case summary for each category in the typology
- Appendix D: Classification of allegations relating to physical abuse, sexual abuse and emotional/verbal abuse
- Appendix E: Classification of evidentiary material
- Appendix F: Type of family violence or child abuse: All cases
Appendix F: Type of family violence or child abuse: All cases
( n = 240)
( n = 59)
( n = 120)
( n = 120)
( n = 30)
( n = 29)
|Family violence and/or child abuse||55.0||61.8||76.7||65.5|
|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|
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).
- Figures relate to Bordow (personal communication, 1994) only - cited by Parkinson (1995).
- But see qualification regarding sample size noted in Chapter 2.
- 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.