The Emperor’s Clothes: Court and Justice Initiatives to Address Family Violence
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This article explores the current debate about and development of court- and justice-based initiatives to address family violence through the experience of the Australian Capital Territory Family Violence Intervention Program (FVIP). Some critical issues about problem-solving courts and therapeutic jurisprudence, as they apply to family violence offences, are considered. The FVIP as a “specialist jurisdiction” is presented as a third way between the rigid and output-focused processes of traditional criminal justice, and the opaque or therapeutic language and open-ended processes of problemsolving courts. The article concludes that comprehensive victim advocacy is essential in a family violence specialist jurisdiction.
Journal of Judicial Administration
© 2006 Thomson Reuters. This article was first published by Thomson Reuters in the Journal of Judicial Administration and should be cited as Robyn Holder, The emperor’s new clothes: Court and justice initiatives to address family violence, (2006) 16 JJA 30. For all subscription inquiries please phone, from Australia: 1300 304 195, from Overseas: +61 2 8587 7980 or online at legal.thomsonreuters.com.au/search. The official PDF version of this article can also be purchased separately from Thomson Reuters at http://sites.thomsonreuters.com.au/journals/subscribe-or-purchase.
Courts and Sentencing