Engender Equality released a report that explores the phenomenon of misidentification of predominant aggressors in Tasmania – put simply, this refers to incidents where a victim of abuse may be incorrectly identified as the perpetrator.

Contributing factors to misidentification may include instances where aggression was displayed as a response to abuse in retaliation, frustration, or self-defence.

The report noted that Tasmanian Police have the ability to issue on the-spot PFVOs of up to 12 months. In other Australian jurisdictions, on-the-sport orders are temporary and last between 24 hours and 28 days.