Domestic or family violence refers to violence, abuse and/or intimidation between people who are currently or have previously been in an intimate relationship with one another.
Domestic Violence or family violence does not just include physical violence. It also includes:
- sexual abuse;
- verbal abuse;
- emotional or psychological abuse including harassment, intimidation or stalking;
- economic or financial abuse;
- social or spiritual abuse;
- threats, coercive behavior or controlling behavior that makes you fear for your safety or wellbeing.
If you are the victim of domestic violence we can:
- Help you prepare and file your Application for a Protection Order;
- Appear on your behalf at the interim hearing to obtain an urgent Temporary Protection Order;
- Communicate and Negotiate on your behalf;
- Prepare and file Affidavits of evidence in support of your Application; and
- Appear at the final hearing before the Court and obtain a final Protection Order.
Orders that we can help you obtain include:
- An order for the perpetrator to vacate your home
An order preventing the perpetrator from committing further acts of domestic violence against you and/or specific orders such as coming within a certain distance of you, contacting you or locating you.
If you are a Respondent to an Application for a Protection Order, we can:
- Appear on your behalf at the interim hearing to defend any Application for a Temporary Protection Order;
- Communicate and negotiate a desired outcome on your behalf;
- Consider and provide you with advice as to whether a Cross Application seeking an Order for your protection is necessary or required;
- Prepare and file Affidavits of evidence to defend any Application against you and/or in support of your Cross Application; and
- Appear at the final hearing before the Court and defend any Application against you and/or obtain a final Protection Order.
Varying Domestic Violence Orders
We can also represent you if circumstances have changed or your Protection Order is due to expire, and you need a Protection Order varied or extended. In those circumstances we can:
- Prepare and file a Variation Application on your behalf;
- Prepare and file Affidavits of evidence in support of your Variation Application; and
- Appear at the variation hearing before the Court and obtain the Order you need.
Responding to alleged breaches of Domestic Violence Orders
If you are alleged to have breached a temporary or final Protection Order we can:
- Attend Police interviews with you;
- Advise you regarding the merits and potential consequences of the allegations;
- Appear on your behalf at any interim court appearances; and
- Appear at any defended hearing or sentence.
To obtain advice about Domestic or Family Violence please contact us.