Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behaviour in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.
Domestic Violence can include and is not limited to any of the following:
It is important to note that an act of violence does not need to be personally committed; a person only has to threaten to commit it.
If there is evidence of domestic violence within the marriage, parties will go straight to Court and avoid dispute resolution processes. Domestic violence is when one person in the relationship, participates in violent or threatening behaviour that causes a family member to feel controlled or fearful. This may include physical or sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, economic abuse, deprivation of liberty, stalking or other circumstances. If you have experienced any form of domestic violence, an Application for a Protection Order can be made at any Magistrates Court.
If the matter is urgent, contact the police for immediate assistance. Alternatively you may contact our office to arrange an appointment with our experienced Solicitor to discuss your legal options.
No. If however, an Order is granted against you, and you breach the terms of the Order, criminal proceedings may be commenced against you and you may be convicted of a criminal offence.
Yes. The Court is able to make an Order even in circumstances where you are not notified about the Application or do not appear in Court.
A Domestic Violence Order takes effect on the date it is made and will be in place for the term of the Order, which may vary depending on the circumstances. Generally, the Order will be in place for one or two years but can be made for longer depending on the circumstances. Please make an appointment for more specific advice.
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