Misidentification of women victim-survivors of family violence


Misidentification of women victim-survivors of family violence

Executive Summary

Speakers: Dr Ellen Reeves (Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre), Professor Heather Douglas (Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne), Matt Addison (University of Melbourne), Ela Stewart (inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence) and Ashlee Donohue (CEO Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Women’s Centre, Redfern).

Over the last two years, the misidentification of women victim-survivors as family violence 'predominant aggressors' has been heralded as a key point of contention in the ongoing debate on the potential criminalisation of coercive control in Australia, but what is 'misidentification'?

This event will host an informed discussion on the issue of misidentification, looking at the systems in which misidentification occurs, who is most at risk of misidentification, and what role, if any, policy and law reform can play in better protecting victim-survivors who are at risk of being misidentified.

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