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Domestic Violence Lawyers in Sunshine Coast
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Keeping you safe
Everyone has the right to live without fear of violence or abuse. If your partner, or a person’s family member, has threatened or committed domestic violence against you or your children, get help from the police. Call 000 if you think you’re in immediate danger, or call our office for more information on how our domestic violence lawyers can help.
It’s important to understand that you don’t have to face this alone. There are avenues of support available to help you remove yourself from the situation. To that end, family law firms such as ours are here to help.
What is domestic violence?
While many people think domestic violence only extends to physical violence, it actually encompasses any behaviour that aims to control or dominate an intimate partner. This may include:
What can you do if you're experiencing domestic violence?
Apply for a domestic violence protection order
Tips when applying for domestic violence orders
Include as much information as possible in your application, like what violence or threats were made, where the incidents occurred, and when. You can list your children’s names in the order to have them covered by it as well.
Once protection order applications are made, the police will serve them on the person committing the acts. This is so they may know what’s been said and respond in the local court.
Protection orders are generally in effect for five years unless otherwise stated in the order itself.
Breaching a protection order
A protection order is legally binding, and it is an offence to breach them. Such offences are punishable by imprisonment of up to three years the first time it occurs and up to five years imprisonment for a subsequent breach.
Domestic violence laws are codified in the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012, which provides protection orders. These orders work in concert with other family law orders, and the Magistrate will consider all orders in place when deciding on a domestic violence order.
Apply for an urgent temporary protection order
Suppose you think you are in immediate danger and cannot wait for a domestic violence order to be provided by the Magistrate. In that case, you can apply for a temporary protection order, ensuring you are protected while the court is undergoing the protection order process.
As the name suggests, temporary orders are only in effect for a short time. They are removed once a decision has been made on a full protection order.
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Ask the police to file domestic violence charges with the person being violent
If you’re experiencing family violence or any domestic violence matters, call 000 and ask law enforcement to charge the offender. They may be charged with:
Do I need legal advice?
You may need legal advice if:
You had an order interstate or overseas and want to register it in Queensland;
Someone has applied for a domestic violence protection order against you. It’s important not to unintentionally make the situation worse, and only respond through the appropriate channels. Our lawyers can assist you with this;
You have been issued with a police protection notice;
Get legal advice
It’s essential to seek legal assistance if you are suffering from domestic violence or any family violence matters. Seek legal advice from our Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast domestic violence lawyers. Our family lawyers have extensive experience and will work to find the best outcome for you and your family members.
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When dealing with domestic and family violence cases, many additional family law matters may come into play. These can include reconsidering parenting arrangements, child custody, and initiating divorce application proceedings. With the help of experienced domestic violence lawyers and our comprehensive legal services, you can start a new life path sooner than you think.
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