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Sadly, domestic violence is frequent in many relationships. It can have incredibly traumatic long-term effects on a person and once it has occurred, it quickly falls into a common pattern. However, domestic violence is a serious criminal offence and is neither justifiable nor acceptable. If you are a victim of domestic violence, a domestic violence lawyer at Matthews Folbigg Lawyers can provide you with the legal advice necessary to ensure your protection.

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence can take many forms. Some of the most common types of domestic violence that a person can experience include:

  • Physical violence – unwanted physical contact such as punching, beating and slapping;
  • Emotional violence – behaviour such as name-calling that is directed towards humiliating a person, and affecting his or her confidence;
  • Economical violence –actions or behaviour intended to control a person’s use of their money especially when he or she is financially dependent on their partner;
  • Social violence – actions or behaviour aimed at controlling a person’s social interactions with others, such as family or friends.

I am a victim of domestic violence – what can I do to protect myself?

Domestic violence is known for being a silent epidemic – victims often feel trapped in their violent relationships and do not report incidents of abuse to anyone because they are made to feel that it is a private matter, or that they are stupid, worthless and responsible for the abuse. Break the cycle of violence today and speak to a domestic violence lawyer in our family law team who can help you take steps to ensure your safety.

If you have been in a domestic relationship, you can apply for a domestic violence order to limit your abusive partner’s access to you, and/or your child or children. They can be obtained very quickly to prevent further violence, threatening behaviour and even to remove an abusive partner from where you live so that you can stay safely where you are.

Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders

Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders offer protection against physical, emotional and sexual abuse, and harassing or intimidating behaviour. You may also be able to obtain an apprehended personal violence order which is given by the Court when there is evidence to suggest that your property is at risk of further physical damage, or when you are being harassed, intimidated or stalked by your partner.

At Matthews Folbigg Lawyers, a domestic violence lawyer can assist you in obtaining any of these orders from Court to help bring an end to the abuse and ensure that your safety is guaranteed.

Speak to a family law lawyer  from  our  team today on 1800 300 170 or email us at

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Family law situations can be complex and sometimes they can involve serious issues.  Information outlined is proposed to provide general guidance only. Due to the seriousness of legal matters as well as the uniqueness of your individual situation, professional advice should be sought. For advice, please contact one of our Family Lawyers.