Family violence is defined as behaviour by a person towards a family member which is physically, sexually, emotionally, psychologically, or economically abusive. It is a behaviour that is threatening, coercive, or in any other way controlling, that can make a person fear for their safety or wellbeing.
It is a misconception that family violence is just physical. The use of threats and intimidating behaviour that causes fear, isolates, belittles, or intimidates a person are all regarded as types of family violence.
Our lawyers are trauma-informed to assist you with the legal aspects that arise out of family violence and are experienced working alongside Applicants and Respondents to Family Violence Intervention Orders as well as people charged with Family Violence Offences.
If you find yourself in an emergency situation, you need to seek immediate help.
Call 000 straight away to access police and emergency services or go to your local police station if you are in immediate fear for your safety.
Any one of the following is considered to be a family member by the Court, and a Family Violence Intervention Order can be initiated for them or against them:
This also includes people who were family members in the past.
Our Services are available to:
We can assist in:
Our lawyers regularly assist clients with intervention order matters in:
We can assist you by providing general advice about your position, whether you are the Applicant or Respondent, discuss with you options for resolving the matter, negotiate with the other party and represent you at Court, including for contested hearings.
We can help you to make or respond to further and better particulars as set out in our recent publication here.
Family Violence matters are often not simple. The outcomes of each case are unique to your circumstances. We have the experience and knowledge to give you the information you need to help you clarify your position and move forward in your matter.