Domestic violence law is a complex and sensitive area of the law. Whether you have received a domestic violence order or are applying for a domestic violence protection order, it can be hard to understand and manoeuvre the legal environment without professional guidance. Skuse Graham Lawyers provides legal support services for both sides in domestic violence matters to reduce the stress of going to court.
Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviour where the use of power is used to gain and maintain control over victims in an intimate relationship. This is commonly presented in the form of physical or sexual abuse, but emotional, financial and psychological abuse can be more subtle and less visible to the public. Victims can extend beyond romantic partners that are dating, married or cohabiting, to children, young people, relatives or household members.
Violent patterns of behaviour are often repeated, with an increasing severity of harm, making domestic and family violence incredibly serious matters. The consequences of these situations can put victims in immediate danger, and leave them with lasting emotional, physical and psychological hurt.
Domestic violence can be inflicted in the form of threats or actions. They are commonly categorised under the following. It is important to act and seek help as soon as you first recognise the signs of domestic violence to ensure the safety of you and other victims.
Domestic violence orders, otherwise known as protection orders are official civil court documents issued with the intent to put an end to a perpetrator’s threats or acts of domestic and family violence against a victim. These documents can last for up to 5 years, unless reasons for a shortened order can be delivered.
In the case of a cross-application, where both parties concurrently apply for a DVO, the court hears both cases together.
DVOs can be applied for privately by the victim, or by a police officer on behalf of the victim. Private applications do not require incidents to be investigated by the police, whilst police applications result from the police attending a domestic and family violence situation and deeming that domestic violence was committed. It can be helpful to seek the help of a lawyer if pursuing the former option.
The Queensland court and justice system offers two types of DVOs: Protection orders & temporary protection orders.
A protection order is a court order issued to protect victims in family violence or domestic violence situations. The average duration of an order is 5 years.
A temporary protection order provides immediate protection for a victim in present danger. It serves to protect the victim from the perpetrator until the long-term protection order can be applied for and arranged.
Seeking legal advice will help determine which DVO you should apply for, or better understand which has been applied against you.
If someone has applied for a DVO against you, it is important to know the order conditions and what you are restricted from doing. Remember, a DVO is a civil court matter and at this stage will not appear on your criminal history.
Consulting a lawyer will help you answer important questions you will encounter when making decisions on legal matters. These will be unique to each person’s situation. Take for example:
Whilst DVOs are civil cases, it is a criminal offence to break or repeatedly break order conditions during the duration of the DVO. Breaches can lead to a criminal history and up to 5 years of jail time.
If you or your family are victims in a domestic violence case, our lawyers can partner with you to provide legal support. We understand how sensitive and stressful these matters can be. We will provide total support through these matters while keeping you as comfortable as we can.
Domestic violence allegations are extremely serious. If you have had a DVO applied against you, naturally you will be stressed. This process can be difficult to undergo alone, and you may be easily influenced by the uninformed opinions of those close to you, even with best intentions.
Our lawyers can provide you with tailored support and transparent advice as we navigate this process together, working alongside experienced barristers to ensure the best outcomes for all clients.
Reach out today if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence or has received a domestic violence order. We’re here to support you when you need it.
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