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Domestic and family violence can and does have far reaching consequences for you and your children. The impact can be felt in all aspects of your life, including your physical safety, your housing situation, your finances and your mental health.
We have a wealth of experience in dealing with domestic violence matters and understand more than most, the intricacies involved when there are concurrent family law proceedings occurring.
Kristy is an empathetic and passionate domestic violence advocate, having worked alongside domestic violence organisations and the State Government on this very issue. She has been a guest speaker at various domestic violence conferences, attended stakeholder meetings at the Court, and at one point met with the Attorney General and other interested parties to discuss the proposed changes to legislation, which would see high risk offenders wearing GPS tracking devices. This passion for domestic violence advocacy stems from her own experiences of family violence, and the impact it can, and does have, on victims and their families.
Domestic violence is, by definition, not limited to physical assaults. It can be verbal, emotional, financial and psychological. Unfortunately, the Court process itself can be used as a vehicle for the perpetuation of further abuse and we ensure that, as much as possible, we put in place so buffers to protect you from that cycle.
Police can make applications for Domestic Violence Orders on behalf of aggrieved persons, or an aggrieved person can make an application privately. A private application means that you will either need to represent yourself during Court dates, or have a lawyer do that for you.
If you are a respondent to an Order, you must be aware that there are restrictions on cross-examination of an aggrieved. This means that you cannot cross-examine the aggrieved and must have a lawyer present to do it for you if you wish to challenge the evidence given.
Breaching a Domestic Violence Order is a criminal offence and penalties can range from a good behaviour order, to jail time, depending upon the seriousness of the breach and the history of the offender. If you find yourself in a situation involving family violence, we can give you sound and timely advice on your options, and link you with agencies who may be able to assist you if you are in a crisis. Please contact our office on (07) 3180 8801 for a confidential discussion about your domestic violence matter.