Secondary Victimization: Domestic Violence Survivors Navigating the Family Law System

  title={Secondary Victimization: Domestic Violence Survivors Navigating the Family Law System},
  author={Lesley Laing},
  journal={Violence Against Women},
  pages={1314 - 1335}
  • L. Laing
  • Published 1 October 2017
  • Psychology
  • Violence Against Women
This qualitative study explored the experiences of 22 domestic violence survivors attempting to negotiate safe post-separation parenting arrangements through the Australian family law system. Their allegations of violence put them at odds with a system that values mediated settlements and shared parenting. Skeptical responses, accusations of parental alienation, and pressure to agree to unsafe arrangements exacerbated the effects of post-separation violence. Core themes in the women’s… 

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