The Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 defines domestic violence as behaviour by one person towards another (in a relevant relationship) that is:
- physically or sexually abusive;
- emotionally or psychologically abusive;
- economically abusive;
- coercive; or
- in any other way controls or dominates the second person and causes the second person to fear for his/her safety or well-being or the safety or well-being of someone else.
There is a wealth of information available in the public domain that relates to domestic violence. There are many support groups, safety advice services and the like available to assist victims of domestic violence. We suggest searching under “Domestic Violence Qld” on Google, where there are many links to specialised associations, the courts, and help groups.
Should you wish to make an application for a protection order in your local Magistrates Court, we can assist you to apply for a Protection Order. We can also assist you to prepare an application to revoke or vary an existing Protection Order.
If you are the Respondent in an application for a Domestic Violence Protection Order, we can assist you in defending the matter.
We encourage you to seek assistance from a family lawyer to assist you in the preparation of the Application for Domestic Violence Protection Order, as this will be the basis of your case should the matter run to a hearing in the court.
Should you have been served with an Order or an application for an Order, we encourage you to consult with one of our family lawyers, who will advise you with respect to your defence.