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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is now recognised as a serious and widespread problem in Australia impacting the individual, their family unit and the community at large.

Husband or Wife, Mother or Father, Child or Teenager – Everyone has a right to be safe from any type of violence.

Yet there are many people who do not seek help for a myriad of reasons. Often the case is that victims are fearful of breaking up and leaving the family unit, especially when there are children involved. Sometimes the thought of attempting to escape can be too daunting. Others don’t consider leaving because they do not believe that their circumstances amount to any real domestic violence.

Physical violence is a commonly known form. However domestic violence has many forms including Sexual Violence, Emotional Violence, Financial or Economical Violence. Social Violence – such as limiting one’s ability to make independent decisions about their social life or a partner who controls where you go and with whom – can be categorised as domestic violence.

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Domestic Violence and Family Law Lawyers

There is a great deal of focus both by the media and by Courts on domestic violence issues for families and the law.

The Federal Government announced significant funding in the first half of 2017 to provide support, assistance and guidance to both victims of domestic violence and partners where an issue of domestic violence has been raised in the proceedings.

The purpose of the funding is to ensure that all parties have access to both support and education where appropriate in order to reduce the impact on families of domestic violence.

The program acknowledges that victims of violence can be both partners, therefore a program which is confined to women only would not serve the community at large to meet these concerns.

It is also important to provide support and resources to any spouse where the allegations have been made as against them.  The Court does recognise and have regard to any litigants who might have had a problem in the past but are addressing those concerns in an educative process to assist and allay concerns as to domestic violence.

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