Domestic Violence: A Global View

By Randal W. Summers; Allan M. Hoffman | Go to book overview

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AUSTRALIA

Sharon Pickering

There are now more experts, consultants, practitioners, activists, bureaucrats, and academics working on domestic violence in Australia than ever before. It seems we have never known so much about domestic violence and never before have we done so much about it. Yet domestic violence remains impervious to expert “knowing,” as the extent of such violence in Australian society is impossible to measure and attempts to curb it are resistant to surveys for “success.” Nonetheless, although we may not be able to measure domestic violence or responses to it, it is possible to at least trace the ways domestic violence has impacted Australian society and the ways society has sought to address it. Today there is a rich and developing body of research on domestic violence in Australia: Throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s Australian feminists have been contributing to new ways of understanding, investigating, and preventing domestic violence.


PERCEPTIONS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN AUSTRALIA

The Partnerships Against Domestic Violence task force carried out the most comprehensive recent study of perceptions of domestic violence in Australia. Partnerships Against Domestic Violence is a Commonwealth Government Initiative that has received over $50 million in funding over three years. In 2000 the group published Awareness of Domestic and Family Violence in the Diverse Australian Community.1 The study involved consultations with more than 280 people from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds utilizing a mix of focus group discussions, in-depth interviews,

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Contents viii
  • Series Foreword ix
  • Introduction xi
  • 1: Australia 1
  • 2: Canada 13
  • 3: England and Wales 25
  • 4: Germany 39
  • 5: Italy 55
  • 6: Jamaica 69
  • 7: Japan 83
  • 8: Russia 97
  • 9: Slovenia 111
  • 10: South Africa 125
  • 11: Spain 143
  • 12: Thailand 155
  • 13: United States 169
  • Index 185
  • About the Editors and Contributors 195
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