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Accurately identifying the person most in need of protection

“He was all calm and collected by the time they got there; I was the one that was going off smashing everything and all the rest of it and that’s why I had the orders put on me because that’s what they walked into, but I had marks all over me … [but] they came into me being the one that was screaming and me—yeah.” (Woman, focus group participant)

The 2017 Annual report of the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board found that a high proportion of female victims, and nearly all Aboriginal victims, of domestic and family violence (DFV)-related deaths had been recorded by police as a perpetrator of DFV on at least one occasion. The Advisory Board specifically recommended research on how to best identify and respond to the “person most in need of protection” (Recommendation 16).

Recognising the national significance of misidentification of victims as perpetrators of DFV, ANROWS conducted the research reported in ‘Accurately identifying “the person most in need of protection” in domestic and family violence law’.

The research report focuses on the gap between the intent of the law and its application, factors that contribute to women being misidentified as perpetrators of DFV, and areas for improvement through procedural guidance and professional development for police and courts.

These themes will be addressed in a panel discussion facilitated by Ms Sam Mostyn, Chair of the ANROWS Board with:

  • Dr Heather Nancarrow, CEO ANROWS & lead author of the report
  • His Honour Terry Ryan, State Coroner and Chair, Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Death Review and Advisory Board
  • Inspector Ben Martain, Manager, State Domestic, Family Violence and Vulnerable Persons Unit, Queensland Police Service

The panel discussion will be followed by a live Q&A.

This webinar is designed for: Policymakers, systems-wide practice design decision makers, and practitioners working in police, courts, justice and domestic and family violence services.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
12pm-1:30pm AEST