Sex and Race Differences in Law’s Application

  • Heather NancarrowEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology book series (PSVV)


This chapter presents the results of a statistical analysis of court and police records for Indigenous and non-Indigenous men and women who had been charged with at least one breach of a domestic violence order. The research sites cover discrete Indigenous communities in northern Queensland, Australia. The analysis exposes sex and race differences in the application of the law and highlights the scope of the problem identified in the introduction. It also reveals that more than half of all those in the sample of respondents charged with breaching domestic violence orders had also been the subject of orders naming them as the aggrieved—that is, a victim of violence.


Domestic violence Police Courts Sex differences Race differences Respondent history Indigenous men Non-Indigenous men Indigenous women Non-Indigenous women 


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  1. 1.ANROWSSydneyAustralia

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