National Domestic and Family Violence Benchbook – Updated for 2020
With the latest update now complete, the National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book marks its fifth year as an essential resource assisting judicial officers around Australia in their management of domestic and family violence related cases.
Attracting over two thousand visitors each month, the bench book is a popular open access resource for judicial officers, as well as legal practitioners and service providers working in the domestic and family violence field.
The July 2020 edition includes 220 new resources, 142 case summaries (5 Cth, 12 ACT, 27 NSW, 7 NT, 23 Qld, 15 SA, 6 Tas, 37 Vic, 10 WA), 70 new articles (41 Australian and 29 International) and 13 new ‘Other Resources’ (8 Australian, 5 International) along with updated legislation. The resource includes a new section dealing with victims of domestic and family violence who are also perpetrators (or alleged perpetrators) of domestic and family violence or other offences (see section 4.4.15).
Funded and supported by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, and delivered under the auspices of the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA), the National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book, represents a significant nationwide collaboration. The project leader, Professor Heather Douglas of the School of Law at The University of Queensland, has worked with a team of researchers, judicial officers and others who have contributed their expertise and advice in the development and ongoing improvement of the resource.
AIJA Executive Director, Alison MacDonald, says this collaborative approach has been integral to the on-going success and quality of the bench book:
“The National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book has become a valuable resource for judicial officers, lawyers and self-represented litigants, in navigating the legal response to domestic and family violence and building a consistent legal response to the issue across the country.”
The July 2020 edition of the National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book can be accessed at: http://dfvbenchbook.aija.org.au/