To experience Domestic and Family Violence is confusing, hurtful and can be incredibly distressing. Here at Brisbane Family Law Centre, we are here to support and help you personally through your hardest times.
In QLD, domestic violence is recognised as one person using violent or abusive behaviour to control another person in a relationship. This is known as coercive and controlling behaviour (or coercion and control). Domestic violence does not just include physical violence but also encompasses behaviour like verbal abuse and demands, property damage, financial abuse and control, intimidation and harassment, or even just the threat of these actions. Domestic violence is often a catalyst for divorce and family breakups.
If you are experiencing Domestic and Family Violence, your priority is no doubt going to be maximising the safety and wellbeing of you and your children, and reducing their exposure to domestic violence. People often come to us and say that they feel they need an expert domestic violence lawyer on their side. Our Brisbane DV lawyers can guide and assist you through this process.
Domestic Violence Orders
Incidences of domestic violence can be reported to the police at any time, though you should certainly consider contacting police when you feel unsafe.
One option to get help for domestic violence is to obtain a Domestic Violence Order. A domestic violence (protection) order restricts the behaviour of the person who is being violent towards you. The domestic violence order requires that your former partner must not commit acts of domestic violence towards you. Other Orders, and the naming of your children in the Order, can be arranged. Your former spouse could be prevented from approaching, contacting or locating you and it is a criminal offence for them to breach your protection order.
In Queensland, domestic violence applications are made to the Magistrates Court. Child protection proceedings can also be heard in the Children’s Court if your child needs protection from domestic violence.
However, the Family Court can make a family violence order. If you are experiencing Domestic and Family Violence and require help from the Family Courts, you can seek Orders which protect your children from harm from those Courts also.
You can choose to make your own domestic violence applications. There are a few things to navigate though and as domestic violence lawyers in Brisbane, we can help you make sure you are on the right track or fully manage your domestic violence application for you if you would prefer.
Help and Support for Domestic Violence in Brisbane
Domestic violence protection orders can be put in place for five years. Orders can be made for shorter or even longer periods, depending on what is appropriate to your unique situation. Domestic Violence Orders can be confused with restraining orders, but for people experiencing domestic violence a Domestic Violence Order is the appropriate option for them.
A domestic violence lawyer is able to give you advice on what would be best for you and your family.
Our DV lawyers can help you to file your application and also appear on your behalf in Court to address the magistrate. A domestic violence lawyer can also help you to change the order of protection if you wish to in the future.
If you have a matter that needs to go to Family Court alongside a domestic violence case, such as a divorce or parenting arrangements, as Brisbane family lawyers we can help and support you through it all.
We also work closely with a number of extremely helpful external domestic violence organisations in Brisbane and we would be happy to provide you with more details should you require extra support such as safe accommodation and specialised counselling.
Choosing the right lawyer for you can be difficult in the midst of domestic violence. Book a chat with our expert Brisbane domestic violence lawyers and get to know how we will get the best possible outcomes for you and your family.