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Domestic Violence

Don’t let it continue

At FEDOROV Family Lawyers Gold Coast and Brisbane we understand the awareness that Domestic Violence has been receiving. There are a lot of misconceptions about what exactly is considered Domestic Violence and many people think that domestic violence is only physical violence however domestic violence covers many types of behaviours.

 

FEDOROV Family Lawyers Gold Coast and Brisbane are experienced in dealing with theses issues and can assist in legal assistance.

What is Domestic Violence?

 

Domestic Violence can include physical or sexual assault, emotional or psychological abuse, economic abuse, or behaviour that is threatening, coercive or in any other way controls or dominates another person and causes that person to fear for their safety or wellbeing. It causes long term harm and is costly for all involved.

 

The foundations of abusive behaviour which a person seeks to control and dominate another person are at the core of what domestic violence is. It can often fall under:

  • Intimate/ partner abuse or
  • Relationship abuse
  • Family violence
  • Child abuse

What to do if experiencing Domestic Violence?

 

First, if you are in fear of your life, call the Police. In certain circumstances the Police can apply for a Protection Order on your behalf.

 

If you need assistance to leave your home, there are organisations who are able to assist such as DV Connect, who offers crisis care, counselling and support for both men and women. DV Connect can be contacted on 1800 811 811.

 

Whether you are in fear for your life or not in any imminent danger, you can apply for a DVO at a Magistrates Court and we can assist you with this process.

 

At FEDOROV Family Lawyers Gold Coast and Brisbane we understand that domestic violence is often a hard and touchy subject to confront and should be handled with care and sensitivity.

What is a domestic violence protection order (DVO) and what does it cover?

 

All orders will require the Respondent (the person who commits the domestic violence) to be of good behaviour and not commit an act of domestic violence towards the Aggrieved (the victim). The Court can however impose a wide range of conditions including:

  • Not to contact the Aggreived
  • Not to come within 100 metres of the Aggrieved
  • Not to locate or attempt to locate the Aggrieved
  • Not to use the internet to communicate with, publish pictures of or comment about the Aggrieved

Can a DVO force someone to move out of their home?

 

Yes. When considering an application, the Court must consider the issue of whether the Respondent should be removed from the family home. This is called an Ouster Order and means that the Respondent must immediately vacate the home and not return until the Court says they can.

What happens if I breach a Protection Order?

 

A breach is taken very seriously by the Courts. It is a criminal offence to breach an Order and the Court is able to impose very serious penalties as a result. These penalties can include a fine, good behaviour bond, variation of the existing Orders and in the case of serious breaches a term of imprisonment.

What to do if you have been served with a Temporary Protection Order?

 

Read the conditions and ensure that you understand them. Do not breach them irrespective of whether you agree with the Order or not.

 

You should immediately contact a Lawyer who will be able to provide you with detailed advice about your rights, obligations and how to respond.

 

If you have been served with a Domestic Violence Protection Order or would like assistance applying for a Domestic Violence Protection Order, contact FEDOROV Family Lawyers Gold Coast and Brisbane now on 1300 768 719 for a no obligation discussion about your rights.