Unintended Consequences of Domestic Violence Law

Gendered Aspirations and Racialised Realities

  • Heather Nancarrow

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology book series (PSVV)

Table of contents

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About this book


This book addresses the intersection of two current major concerns in Australia: how law and justice responses to domestic violence - including harsher punitive measures - and the over-representation of Indigenous Australians in the criminal justice system, which are similar concerns in New Zealand, Canada and the US. Nancarrow re-conceptualises typologies of violence and provides a means of understanding and explaining female use of violence without undermining the hard-won gains of the women’s movement. It does, however, argue for a paradigm shift, which has implications for every aspect of the system we have built to stop men’s violence against women (law, police policy and practice, counselling and advocacy for victims, and interventions for those who perpetrate violence). The book is based on quantitative and qualitative research and explores the nature of Indigenous intimate partner violence and the types of violence that domestic violence law sought to address.


indigenous aboriginal intimate abuse race race and gender typologies of violence violence against women law, policy and practice policing social harms criminal justice

Authors and affiliations

  • Heather Nancarrow
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  1. 1.ANROWS SydneyAustralia

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