Survey of Recently Separated Parents
A report commissioned by the Attorney-General's Department to to undertake a study of parents who separated prior to the implementation of the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Matters) Act 2011.
This report presents key findings from the Survey of Recently Separated Families (SRSP) 2012. The study aimed to gain a more detailed understanding of parents' experiences of family violence and concerns about child safety, and how well the legal system responds. Interviews were conducted with 6,119 parents who separated between 31 July 2010 and 31 December 2011 - that is, five years after the family law reforms of 2006 and one year prior to the legislative reforms introduced by the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Act 2011. The study found that family violence is common among separated families, and though many of the participants reported this violence to police or other services, a sizeable minority (47%) of them did not.
This report was authored by AIFS staff and published by the Attorney-General's Department
The key goal of the research is to examine the extent to which the aims of the 2012 family violence amendments are being realised.
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