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What's in a name? Informal justice for women victims of domestic violence and the criminal injuries compensation scheme of Western Australia

Jurevic, Linda (1999) What's in a name? Informal justice for women victims of domestic violence and the criminal injuries compensation scheme of Western Australia. Sister in Law, 4 . pp. 81-112.

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I have been uncomfortable with the treatment of women victims of domestic violence since I began practising law in 1988. Initially, my discomfort was caused by my inability to obtain effective remedies for women victims, eg. protection orders which would actually protect. I then became increasingly frustrated by the judiciary's inability, and at times refusal, to understand the circumstances of my clients. I believed that if the substantive law was changed, so would the treatment of victims. Judges would be required to apply the law regardless of any personal bias and victims would at least be able to find some solace in the fact that society no longer condoned their maltreatment. I discovered, however, that even when beneficial changes were made to the substantive law, the outcome for victims was not necessarily better.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Law
Publisher: Enid Russell Society, School of Law, Murdoch University
Copyright: Enid Russell Society
Publishers Website: http://www.murdoch.edu.au/School-of-Law
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/21785
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