Domestic Violence Lawyer Sunshine Coast

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Domestic and Family Violence Lawyers Maroochydore

Keeping you safe

Everyone has the right to live without fear of violence or abuse. If your partner, or a member of your family, has threatened or committed violent acts 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 family 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 can you do if you're experiencing domestic violence?

Apply for a domestic violence protection order

To apply for domestic violence orders, you must:


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 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 law it’s 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.

urgent temporary domestic violence protection

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 charge the person being violent

If you’re experiencing domestic or family violence, call 000 and ask law enforcement to charge the offender. They may be charged with:

Officers can also issue police protection notices on the spot while a full protection order is made in court.

Get legal advice

It’s essential to seek legal support if you are suffering domestic violence. Our family lawyers have extensive experience and will work to find the best outcome for you and your family members. Get the right advice from our Sunshine Coast domestic violence lawyers in Maroochydore, Buderim and Caloundra.

If you are financially vulnerable, we recommend seeking legal aid support. Alternatively, you can also reach out to a not-for-profit organisation like Sunshine Coast DVF Coordination.


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:

Contact us today

At Shanahan Family Law, we work hard to get our clients the best possible result at the most challenging times in their lives, whatever their needs are.

Many additional family matters may come into play when dealing with domestic violence issues. These can include reconsidering parenting arrangements, child custody, and initiating divorce proceedings. With the help of a family lawyer, you can start a new life path sooner than you think.

Do I need legal advice?

You may need legal advice if:

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