Non-adversarial approaches to domestic violence: Putting therapeutic jurisprudence theory into practice

Rachael M Field, Hon Eugene M Hyman

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This article analyses therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) informed approaches to domestic violence (DV). Part I of the article considers ways in which the adoption of such approaches in DV contexts can be positive for the parties involved, while Part II explores some of the caveats. This analysis leads to four
key recommendations for the safe management of TJ informed approaches to DV. First, comprehensive screening protocols are necessary to ensure that only appropriate offenders who have the capacity to participate effectively are screened in to TJ informed programs. Secondly, given the complex nature of DV and the need for multi-disciplinary and multi-agency responses, information
across these disciplines and agencies must be shared. Thirdly, extensive training is needed for first responders such as police and community groups, as well as for judges and program facilitators. Finally, it is important to adopt practices that allow processes and protocols to be perceived as procedurally fair to all parties.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-292
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Judicial Administration
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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