Survey of Recently Separated Parents

Survey of Recently Separated Parents

A study of parents who separated prior to the implementation of the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Matters) Act 2011

John De Maio, Rae Kaspiew, Diana Smart, Jessie Dunstan and Sharnee Moore

Commissioned report— March 2013

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.

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