Evaluation of a pilot of legally assisted and supported family dispute resolution in family violence cases
A report commissioned by the Attorney-General's Department to evaluate the Coordinated Family Dispute Resolution Pilot.
Parenting disputes involving issues of family violence are particularly challenging in legal proceedings. The Coordinated Family Dispute Resolution model was developed to provide a safe, non-adversarial, and child-sensitive means for parents to sort out their post-separation parenting disputes. The model was trialled in five sites across Australia. This report presents an evaluation of the model, examining whether the model addressed practitioner and family safety during the program, safe parenting arrangements, the best interests of children, and power imbalances between parents. The evaluation also examines challenges and advantages due to the interdisciplinary nature of the model.
This report was authored by AIFS staff and published by the Attorney-General's Department
The study examines the prevalence and nature of allegations of family violence and child abuse in family law children's proceedings filed in 2003
This AIFS book explore some of the complexities of the child and family issues facing those working in social policy and legal systems
This summary report provides an overview of the evaluation findings
The evaluation assessed the extent to which, by 2009, the changes to the family law system had been effective in achieving the policy aims