JCU Events 2018 Cairns Social Justice Lecture

JCU Events

Wed, 12 Sep 2018

2018 Cairns Social Justice Lecture


When: 12 September 18, 6pm

Where: At James Cook University
Room A003.001, Building A3 - Crowther Theatres, Cairns Campus

Domestic Violence and the Law: Achievements and Future Directions

Every year millions of women turn to law as an integral part of their strategy to live lives free and safe from domestic violence. Women apply for protection orders, family court orders and orders to avoid deportation after separation from an abuser. Sometimes they become involved in child safety and criminal justice interventions because of their experience of domestic violence. While separation may seem like a solution, far from signalling an end to violence, separation often drives legal engagement that in turn provides opportunities for new forms of abuse. Drawing on interviews with women who have experienced domestic violence and engaged with the law this discussion considers some of the key legal changes of the past few years and highlights some emerging issues.

Presented by Professor Heather Douglas

Heather Douglas is a Professor of Law, an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and the Australian Academy of Law. She is based at The Law School, University of Queensland. Heather has published widely on domestic violence and child protection. Her recent work under her future fellowship focuses on women’s experience of legal engagement as part of their response to domestic and family violence.

Refreshments provided

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Contact details:

Sally Watson | sally.watson@jcu.edu.au