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Living at the Cutting Edge Women's Experiences of Protection Orders

A report prepared by
Neville Robertson, Ruth Busch, Radha D'Souza, Fiona Lam Sheung,
Reynu Anand, Roma Balzer, Ariana Simpson and Dulcie Paina
of the University of Waikato (School of Law and the Māori and Psychology Research Unit), commissioned by the Ministry of Women's Affairs, August 2007

This report examines the experiences of 43 Māori, Pakeha, Pasifika and other ethnic minority women who were victims of male partner violence, the impact of the violence on them and their children, and their experiences of the justice system when they reached out for protection. The objectives of the project were to:

  1. identify and describe the experiences of a sample of women in obtaining protection orders, the impact of protection orders and the response to breaches of protection orders;
  2. identify those aspects that are working well (that is, positive experiences of protection orders); and
  3. identify areas for improvement including barriers that prevent women from applying for and obtaining protection orders.
The full report is published in two volumes:
Executive Summary also available in pdf format
Volume 1: The Women's Stories (Chapters 1 - 6) and Executive summary
Volume 2: What's To Be Done? A Critical Analysis of Statutory and Practice Approaches to Domestic Violence (Chapters 7 - 15 and Appendices)

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