There is no excuse for domestic violence and family violence and yet it is far more common than you might think.
Domestic violence refers to acts of violence that occur in domestic setting between two people who are, or were, in an intimate relationship. The nature of the violence includes physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and financial abuse.
Family violence broadens the scope of domestic violence to include family members. Family violence includes any behaviour which coerces or controls a family member or causes that family member to be fearful.
One of the misconceptions about domestic violence is that it only occurs against women, but men can also be victims of domestic violence.
If you’re a victim of domestic or family violence there are some things you can do to legally protect yourself such as taking an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO), or structuring family or parenting orders in a way which protects you and your children.
To discuss your domestic and family violence concerns in a safe, secure and confidential environment contact the office to make a time to talk with one of our family law experts. We’re on your team.