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Women, Intimate Partner Violence, and the Law

Heather Douglas


This book explores how women from diverse backgrounds interact with the law in response to intimate partner violence, over time. Every year, millions of women globally turn to law to help them live lives free and safe from violence. Women engage with child protection services and police. They apply for civil protection orders and family court orders to help them manage their children’s contact with a violent father, and take special visa pathways to avoid deportation following separation from an abuser. Women are often compelled to interact with law, through their abuser’s myriad legal applica ... More

Keywords: intimate partner violence, law, legal systems abuse, child protection system, police, judges, protection orders, family law, separation, nonphysical abuse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190071783
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190071783.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather Douglas, author
Professor of Law, School of Law, The University of Queensland