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Improving Your Competence on Family Violence as a Family Law Practitioner




Law Society of Tasmania

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Law Society of Tasmania

28 Murray Street Hobart, TAS

CPD Guide: 3.5 (PM, PS, E)


Join Dr Renata Alexander, Barrister, Owen Dixon Chambers, Vic, with Yvette Cehtel, CEO, Women's Legal Service Tasmania at this workshop on improving your competence on family violence as a family law practitioner. 


Please Note: Due to the format of this 3.5 hour workshop, it is offered as a face to face event only. 



  • Percentage of cases where family violence features.
  • Social context of family violence and why it is important in terms of a legal response.
  • Effects of exposure of prolonged violence including impacts on children.

Family violence behaviours: What do we look for?

Gendered nature of family violence

Check list of practical questions to support victims

Pleading family violence

  • How to effectively particularise behaviours.
  • What works, what does not.

Law reform around coercion and controlWhy the law is not effective.


A complimentary afternoon tea is included.



Dr Renata Alexander has been a permanent senior lecturer with the law faculty at Monash University since 2000 teaching the Family Law and Practice as well as the Ethics and Negotiation components of the PDLP course. Prior to that she taught undergraduate family law on a sessional basis.

Renata has always been a legal practitioner since admission to the Supreme Court in April 1979. She worked as an in-house family lawyer/solicitor with Victoria Legal Aid from before working as the Deputy Registrar for the Family Court of Australia. Renata then went to the Victorian Bar in November 2002 where she practices on a part-time basis given her teaching and academic commitments.

In 2003, Renata received a Centenary Medal from the Prime Minister for her work in voluntary legal services as she has been a voluntary lawyer with community legal centres since 1975. Furthermore, Renata has also won a PILCH award for similar services.


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