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NCJ Number: 149530 Find in a Library
Title: Equality Before the Law: Women's Access to the Legal System, Interim Report No. 67
Corporate Author: Law Reform Cmssn of Australia
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 106
Sponsoring Agency: Law Reform Cmssn of Australia
Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 0-642-20124-2
Sale Source: Law Reform Cmssn of Australia
99 Elizabeth Street
Sydney, NSW 2000,
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This analysis of women's access to justice in Australia concludes that a National Women's Justice Program should be established as the basis for creating equal access to justice for women.
Abstract: Although any person can experience difficulties in using the justice system, special factors affect women as a group. These include domestic assault, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and employment discrimination. Women of all social classes and cultural backgrounds are affected. Women as a group also still have the major responsibility for raising children and housework. To pursue their rights, they have to enter an arena where men have historically had control and have made the rules. In addition, most women have less money than men. Therefore, Australia needs a national, coordinated response that focuses on health, legal representation, legal advice and referral, community legal education, law reform, and research. Figures, footnotes, table of cases, appended list of persons submitting information to the Law Reform Commission, and 85 references
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Access to courts; Access to legal information; Australia; Criminal justice system reform; Criminology; Foreign criminal justice systems; Sex discrimination; Women's rights
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