Journal article

Third-party applications for protection orders: Opportunities, ambiguities and traps

C Humphreys, M Kaye

Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law | Published : 1997


The Family Law Act 1996 allows for the possibility of third parties applying for protection orders‘ in situations of domestic violence. This paper employs a feminist perspective to explore the potential benefits and hazards of this practice, particularly when the police are the third-party applicants. The Australian experience of similar legislative provisions is drawn upon to highlight issues which might arise in England and Wales. Consultation with domestic violence workers in a wide range of agencies as well as documentary evidence from reports and research provided general endorsement of the practice. However. there remain contentious issues which suggest that caution is required before ..

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