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Society does not tolerate acts of domestic and family violence.

We have seen the law expand in recent years in response to the community’s increasing recognition of the impact of domestic violence.
In Australia, domestic violence legislation exists to increase the safety, protection and wellbeing of those who experience domestic violence.
The aim is to prevent and reduce domestic violence, particularly, where children are involved, whilst at the same time minimising disruption to the
lives of those affected and holding perpetrators to account.

 

Domestic Violence

So, what exactly does the law consider to be “domestic violence”?

  • Behaviour which causes a person to be fearful for their safety or the safety of their children;
  • Violent or threatening behaviour;
  • Physical or verbal abuse;
  • Psychological or emotional abuse, including repeatedly contacting a person by phone, text message or a social network site without consent;
  • Repeated derogatory taunts;
  • Isolating a person from their friends or family;
  • Economic abuse, including withholding or controlling money or forcing a person to give up control of assets or income;
  • Stalking and unauthorised surveillance such as monitoring a person’s text messages, emails or GPS device;
  • Threats to injure or damage property; and
  • Threats to commit suicide or self-harm so as to intimidate or frighten.

It is important to remember that people of any age, gender, religion, education, sexual orientation, marital status and income can be either victims or perpetrators of domestic violence.

Domestic violence can occur in a range of different relationships, such as:

  • Married or de facto couples;
  • Couples who are separated or divorced;
  • People in an intimate personal relationship;
  • Family members (by blood or marriage); and
  • People in an informal care relationship where one person is dependent on another.

The use of domestic and family violence is completely unacceptable.

Domestic violence and family law matters often intersect. If you are experiencing any of these issues, we are here to help.

Contact us today for a confidential and compassionate discussion about your situation and for advice on how to navigate the legal system.

Your safety and the protection of children is the most important thing. If you have any safety concerns contact your local police station and if you are in danger or need help in an emergency, dial “000”.

Talk to a specialist in family law
If you have any questions relating to domestic violence issues, call 13 20 30 to talk to one of our family law solicitors or fill out our contact form and we will call you back.