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Family LawText, Cases, and Materials

Family Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (4th edn)

Joanna Miles, Rob George, and Sonia Harris-Short
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date: 13 April 2024

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  • Joanna Miles, Joanna MilesReader in Family Law & Policy and Fellow of Trinity College, University of Cambridge
  • Rob GeorgeRob GeorgeAssociate Professor of Family Law, University College London
  •  and Sonia Harris-ShortSonia Harris-ShortFormer Professor of Law, University of Birmingham


All books in this flagship series contain carefully selected substantial extracts from key cases, legislation, and academic debate, providing able students with a stand-alone resource. This chapter discusses what the law can do directly to punish and rehabilitate perpetrators of domestic abuse and to protect victims. The chapter sets out the latest empirical data regarding domestic abuse and considers various theories regarding domestic violence. The chapter addresses the requirements of human rights law in this area; the criminal justice system and domestic violence; the civil law and domestic violence; the Family Law Act (FLA) 1996, Part 4; enforcement of orders under the FLA 1996; third party action on behalf of victims, including the Crime and Security Act 2010 and latest proposals to enhance such powers; and legal responses to forced marriage.

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