Domestic violence or family violence is when one person behaves in a way that controls or dominates another person. It often causes fear for the victims' safety and wellbeing. It is a pattern of abusive and controlling and aggressive behaviour and can take many forms including both physical abuse and emotional abuse.
What Forms of Violence Constitutes Domestic Violence?
- physical or sexual abuse (eg. any act or threat of aggression towards another including a pet)
- emotional or psychological abuse (eg. stalking, controlling contacts, appearance, name calling)
- economic abuse or financial abuse (eg. withholding or controlling finances or threatening to do so)
- threatening behaviour (eg. making someone feel afraid or threatening to commit self-harm)
- coercive behaviour (eg. forcing someone to do something they wouldn’t normally do)
- intimate partner violence (eg. typically physical or sexual abuse, but also stalking and psychological aggression by an intimate partner)
Even though violence against women is more common than violence against men, anyone can experience domestic abuse and abusive relationships. It happens across communities, ages, cultures and sexes. If you are experiencing domestic abuse or violence it is not your fault. It is the abuser who is responsible. Domestic violence is a crime and the abuser is breaking the law.
Domestic violence can occur in:
- an intimate relationship
- a family relationship
- an informal care relationship
- domestic violence extends to children witnessing physical violence either to a relative, another person, a pet, or things being broken
David will help you in:
- applying for a Protection Order (Domestic Violence Order more commonly called a DVO)
- defending an Application for a Protection Order
- varying the terms of an existing Protection Order
Domestic Violence Order (DVO)
A domestic violence order is a court order made under the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 imposing conditions on the person committing the acts of domestic violence, in order to protect the aggrieved person (victims of violence) from future violence in an abusive relationship.
A domestic violence order can be either Temporary or Final.
Temporary protection order
Domestic violence victims may need to be protected by an interim temporary protection order while an application for a final protection order is awaiting determination by the Court.
A temporary protection order is a short term order imposing conditions on the person committing the acts of domestic violence. It is usually put in place to protect the aggrieved person from further acts of violence, pending final decision is made by the Court and can be made on an urgent basis. It can also be made in the absence of the respondent.
Other conditions may also be imposed in the temporary protection order (i.e. requiring the respondent to remain a certain distance from any person named on the order or their respective workplaces/educational facilities and/or restraining them from contacting any person named on the order).
Final Protection Order
A final protection order lasts up to two (2) years, requiring that the respondent not commit a further act of violent behaviour against, and be of good behaviour towards, any person named in the order.
Other conditions may also be imposed in the protection order (i.e. requiring the respondent to remain a certain distance from any person named on the order or their respective workplaces/educational facilities and/or restraining them from contacting any person named on the order).
The respondent can either agree or oppose the application for a protection order. If the respondent disagrees, directions for the filing of material will be made and another court date will be set down for a final hearing of the matter.