Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is an ever growing and widespread issue that affects our Community. Domestic Violence can include,physical abuse (eg violent behaviour towards you of any type-and for which you should always see a Doctor), psychological abuse (eg derogatory comments or remarks to you or any remarks designed to belittle or intimidate you),verbal abuse (eg swearing, namecalling, put downs, and communication designed to ridicule you), financial abuse (eg being refused money for living necessities), social abuse (eg controlling what you do who you talk to and where you work), ), or damage to property.

Should you be subjected to or be in fear of any of those types of behaviour you should immediately contact your friends or relatives to assist you to remove yourself from that abuse and if you are not able to contact family and friends then contact the nearest Domestic Violence shelter to ensure that you organise to leave that enviroment.

You should then go to your nearest Police Station and make complaint as to the Domestic Violence under the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act including an interim order to ensure your protection starts as soon as possible. The orders that you can seek include orders to prevent your spouse re-entering the home not attending your place of employment not approaching you within a certain radius and to keep away from your friends or relatives. If you are renting, you may also be able to apply to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal to be recognised as a tenant instead of your spouse.

The Domestic Violence application is heard in the nearest Magistrates Court and the matters you must satisfy the Court to obtain the order are contained within the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act. We can assist you with the preparation of the application and can appear for you at the hearing of the application to obtain the orders sought.