Case database

The case database contains case summaries of mostly higher court decisions in domestic and family violence related proceedings in the High Court of Australia, Family Court of Australia, Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the courts of the states and territories.

Please note that the civil and criminal appeals process in each jurisdiction differs, which means that cases involving domestic and family violence are appealed to different courts in accordance with the statutory appeals regime in each particular jurisdiction.

Where the judgment transcript is open access, the citation is live-linked to its external host. There is a PDF and print function available for individual case summaries and for the complete set of case summaries in each court listed in the database.

This database has been developed with the assistance of the project’s Judicial Reference Group and is up to date as at June 2020. This database will contribute to efforts aimed at encouraging, where possible, greater consistency in the handling of domestic and family violence cases and the application of laws both within and across jurisdictions.