Responding to family violence

A survey of family law practices and experiences
Evaluation of the 2012 Family Violence Amendments – October 2015

Appendix B: Understanding of the exceptions to FLA s60I

Additional data from non-legal professionals and from the aggregate sample of participants (lawyers and non-legal professionals in this instance) regarding their level of agreement that parents and family law professionals understand the exceptions to the requirement to attend family dispute resolution are presented in Tables B1 to B3.

Table B4 presents data regarding non-legal professionals agreement that the exceptions to the requirement to attend family dispute resolution are well understood by other family relationship service practitioners.

Table B1: The exceptions to the requirement to attend family dispute resolution are well understood by parents (before seeing a lawyer/attending your service)
  Lawyers Non-legal professionals Aggregated
No. % No. % No. %
Notes: Lawyers and non-legal professionals were asked: "Please indicate your level of agreement with this statement: The exceptions to the requirement to attend family dispute resolution are well-understood by parents".
Source: Survey of Practices 2014
Strongly agree 4 1.4 4 1.5 8 1.5
Mostly agree 29 10.4 46 17.8 75 14.0
Mostly disagree 132 47.5 125 48.3 257 47.9
Strongly disagree 93 33.5 58 22.4 151 28.1
Cannot say 20 7.2 20 7.7 40 7.4
Not applicable - - 6 2.3 6 1.1
Total 278 100.0 259 100.0 537 100.0
Table B2: The exceptions to the requirement to attend family dispute resolution are well understood by FDR practitioners
  Lawyers Non-legal professionals Aggregated
No. % No. % No. %
Notes: Lawyers and non-legal professionals were asked: "Please indicate your level of agreement with this statement: The exceptions to the requirement to attend family dispute resolution are well-understood by FDRPs". Percentages may not total exactly 100.0% due to rounding.
Source: Survey of Practices 2014
Strongly agree 60 21.7 105 40.9 165 30.9
Mostly agree 139 50.2 94 36.6 233 43.6
Mostly disagree 40 14.4 21 8.2 61 11.4
Strongly disagree 16 5.8 7 2.7 23 4.3
Cannot say 22 7.9 21 8.2 43 8.1
Not applicable - - 9 3.5 9 1.7
Total 277 100.0 257 100.0 534 100.0
Table B3: The exceptions to the requirement to attend family dispute resolution are well understood by lawyers
  Lawyers Non-legal professionals Aggregated
No. % No. % No. %
Notes: Lawyers and non-legal professionals were asked: "Please indicate your level of agreement with this statement: The exceptions to the requirement to attend family dispute resolution are well-understood by lawyers". Percentages may not total exactly 100.0% due to rounding.
Source: Survey of Practices 2014
Strongly agree 74 26.7 40 15.5 114 21.3
Mostly agree 164 59.2 101 39.2 265 49.5
Mostly disagree 27 9.8 60 23.3 87 16.3
Strongly disagree 6 2.2 13 5.0 19 3.6
Cannot say 6 2.2 33 12.8 39 7.3
Not applicable - - 11 4.3 11 2.1
Total 277 100.0 258 100.0 535 100.0
Table B4: Non-legal professionals agreement that the exception to the requirement to attend family dispute resolution is well understood by other family relationship services practitioners
  No. %
Notes: Non-legal professionals were asked: "Please indicate your level of agreement with this statement: The exceptions to the requirement to attend family dispute resolution are well-understood by other family relationship services practitioners". Percentages may not total exactly 100.0% due to rounding.
Source: Survey of Practices 2014
Strongly agree 28 11.0
Mostly agree 121 47.5
Mostly disagree 32 12.6
Strongly disagree 9 3.5
Not applicable 21 8.2
Cannot say/do not know 44 17.3
Total 255 100.0