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Legal and Policy Responses to Family Violence LAW279


Family violence is a complex social and legal issue of urgent national importance. In this unit, Legal and Policy Responses to Family Violence, you will gain a deep insight into the range of behaviours that may comprise family violence; different perspectives on the causes of and solutions to family violence; and contemporary legal, policy and other system responses to family violence.

You will explore family violence responses from a range of disciplinary perspectives – law, psychology, and criminology – drawing together academic and empirical literature, legislation, practice, policy, and real-life cases. The unit has a special focus throughout on issues of vulnerability and diversity as well as non-stereotypical, new and emerging forms of family violence. The unit is also ideal for students of gender studies, psychology, criminology, justice and policing.


Unit name Legal and Policy Responses to Family Violence
Unit code LAW279
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Doctor Caroline Spiranovic
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and distinguish: the forms that family violence may take based on statutory law definitions across Australia; and contemporary policy, legislative and system wide responses to family violence in Australia
  • Critically discuss myths and stereotypes about the nature of family violence, victims and offenders
  • Evaluate the efficacy of legal, policy and practical responses to family violence in Australia
  • Communicate clearly and concisely an understanding of the issues relating to legal and policy responses to family violence

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
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