Learning & events
Webinar recording | Revisiting using mediation in matters where there is a history of domestic and family violence
With Dr Rachael Field
pre-recorded | Online
In this webinar Rachael explores the use of mediation in family dispute resolution (FDR) matters in which there is a history of family and domestic violence, using the Coordinated Family Dispute Resolution (CFDR) process as a tested model of what is possible and appropriate.
The CFDR model was commissioned by the Federal Government in 2009 and piloted in 5 locations around Australia between 2010 and 2012. The model comprised four case-managed phases (intake, preparation, mediation and follow-up) providing a coordinated response, a focus on specialist risk assessment, a specifically designed model of facilitative mediation and special measures needed to respond appropriately to domestic and family violence in the FDR context. The dispute system design of the model is focussed on the safety of victims of domestic and family violence and their children at all stages of the process.
The webinar emphasises the importance of investing in DV appropriate models of FDR, such as CFDR, in order to protect the safety and efficacy of FDR practice in domestic and family violence contexts. The webinar explains why a resource intensive model – such as CFDR – is the minimum safety requirement for appropriate FDR practice in contexts where there is a history of domestic and family violence.
About the speaker
Dr Rachael Field
Rachael Field is Professor of Law at Bond University, and Co-Director of the Bond Dispute Resolution Centre and Bond’s Centre for Professional Legal Education.
Her areas of teaching and research expertise include dispute resolution, family law and domestic violence, lawyer and law student well-being and legal education (particularly foundations of law and transition in, through and out of law school).
Rachael is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow, the winner of a National Teaching Citation as well as an Australian Teaching Excellence Award, and she is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
She founded the Australian Wellness Network for Law in 2010 and co-founded the ADR Research Network (in 2012) as well as the annual STARS conference (2015) (a conference about student success in higher education).
Rachael is on the editorial board of The Law Teacher journal, she is one of the general co-editors of the Bond Law Review, a co-editor in chief of the Dispute Resolution Review and one of the editors of the journal Student Success.
Rachael has been on the Women’s Legal Service Management Committee in Brisbane since 1993 and has held the role of President since 2004. In 2013 Rachael was named Queensland Woman Lawyer of the Year.