Domestic and Family Violence

Family Law - Domestic and Family Violence

The perception of domestic violence is often that of physical violence, however domestic violence can also include many other forms of abusive behaviour.

The Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 defines domestic violence as being behaviour by a person (the first person) towards another person (the second person) with whom the first person is in a relevant relationship that—

  • is physically or sexually abusive; or
  • is emotionally or psychologically abusive; or
  • is economically abusive; or
  • is threatening; or
  • is coercive; or
  • in any other way controls or dominates the second person and causes the second person to fear for the second person's safety or wellbeing or that of someone else.

The Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 further define acts of domestic violence as including:

  • causing personal injury to a person or threatening to do so;
  • coercing a person to engage in sexual activity or attempting to do so;
  • damaging a person's property or threatening to do so;
  • depriving a person of the person's liberty or threatening to do so;
  • threatening a person with the death or injury of the person, a child of the person, or someone else;
  • threatening to commit suicide or self-harm so as to torment, intimidate or frighten the person to whom the behaviour is directed;
  • causing or threatening to cause the death of, or injury to, an animal, whether or not the animal belongs to the person to whom the behaviour is directed, so as to control, dominate or coerce the person;
  • unauthorised surveillance of a person;
  • unlawfully stalking a person.

If you are a victim of domestic or family violence, we are able to talk with you about the options that may be available to you for your protection. You may require a Protection Order, in which case we can represent you in making that Application, or guide you through that process as required.

If you have been served with a Protection Order Application, we can discuss with you your options, and represent you in Court if necessary.

For further advice on divorce and separation, please contact our office today for an appointment.