Domestic Violence is not just physical or sexual abuse. Domestic Violence includes the following:
- emotional or psychological abuse,
- financial abuse
- personal injury or
- threats of harm to a person or their property,
- coercing a person to engage in sexual activity,
- depriving a person of their liberty,
- threatening to kill a person or their child,
- threats to commit suicide
- monitoring a person’s social network pages, email or any other technology including mobile phones.
Put simply, domestic violence is behaviour which is threatening, coercive or in any other way controls or dominates a person and causes that person to fear for their safety or wellbeing or that of someone else.
In Queensland, Domestic Violence is governed by the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012. Our resident Family Lawyer, Michelle Felderhof, was a stakeholder in the trial of Queensland’s first dedicated specialist Domestic and Family Violence Court at Southport and was a dedicated Duty Lawyer for both victims (referred to as "the Aggrieved") and perpetrators (referred to as "Respondents"). The specialised Court is currently being rolled out throughout the Queensland Magistrates Courts and potentially Nationwide.
What can I do to protect myself and my children?
To obtain protection against Domestic Violence, an application needs to be made through the Court. A successful application requires the Court to be satisfied of three things, namely:
- There is a relevant relationship between the parties; and
- That an act of Domestic Violence has occurred; and
- That an Order for Protection is necessary and desirable in the circumstances.
Once that application is filed with the Court and served upon the Respondent, the Court will hear the matter and make a determination as to whether an Order should be granted. While the Order in itself is only a piece of paper, a breach of a Domestic Violence Order is a criminal offence and may result in imprisonment.
If you require a protection Order, or you have been served with an application for a Domestic Violence Order, call Michelle on 07 5532 3199 for a no obligation chat about your options.
1800 737 732 (toll free)
24 hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
1300 789 978
Supports men and boys who are dealing with family and relationship difficulties. 24/7 telephone and online support an information service for Australian men. Call 1300 789 978 for help.
Daisy is an app developed to connect people experiencing violence or abuse to services in their local area. The app includes safety features to help protect your privacy. However, domestic violence service apps are only recommended to those who have safe and secure access to their phone.