Family and domestic violence occurs when a family member uses violence or abusive behaviour to control another family member.
Factors that may indicate family and domestic violence include (but are not limited to):
1. Family Law Act 1975; and
2. Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012.
Contrary to common belief, domestic violence is not just physical as many people are also victimised though verbal, emotional, economic and sexual abuse.
A recent study has shown that over 16,400 adults in Australia aged 18 years and over fall victim to this heinous behaviour with up to 100 victims dying as a result (Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, Survey Studies). Unfortunately many people do not report the actions of the abuser to the proper authorities for fear of the repercussions or for fear that they will not be believed.
Recognising that this abuse is happening and realising that it must stop is the first step in preventing this abusive behaviour from continuing.
Law practices are here to assist victims of domestic violence from a legal perspective and are able to advise the victim on their rights and take the next step on their behalf to reduce the likelihood of further abuse from occurring.
It is important to remember no one is alone. Domestic violence is not something to be embarrassed about and there are numerous government and other organisations set up to assist. Safety and self-respect is the most important thing and we are ready, willing and able to assist you in taking the next step to protect people from domestic and family violence.
Should you require further information about the legal processes involved in dealing with domestic violence, please do not hesitate to contact our office on (07) 3219 3830 or call the Domestic Violence Helpline on 1800 811 811 for assistance.