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Family Violence

When it comes to Family Violence we take a sensitive, empathetic and proactive approach. We understand that family violence is a  serious and sensitive issue and all our consultations with you are held in confidence. If you are dealing with family violence, we know that your family law matters will be complex and will require our dedication and expertise. We will be there for you and will support you and your family during this difficult time.

What is Family Violence?

When most people think of Family Violence they tend to think of physical and sexual abuse or threats, however Family violence includes and takes into consideration much more than you may expect.

Family Violence means violent, threatening or other behaviour by a person that coerces or controls a member of the person’s family (the family member), or causes the family member to be fearful and includes:

  1. assault
  2. sexual assault or other sexually abusive behavior;
  3. stalking;
  4. repeated derogatory taunts;
  5. intentionally damaging or destroying property;
  6. intentionally causing death or injury to an animal;
  7. unreasonably denying the family member the financial autonomy that he or she would otherwise have had;
  8. unreasonably withholding financial support needed to meet the reasonable living expenses of the family member, child, at a time when the family member is entirely or predominantly dependent on the person for financial support;
  9. preventing the family member from making or keeping connections with his or her family, friends or culture;
  10. unlawfully depriving the family member, or any member of the family member’s family, of his or her liberty.

It is also considered to be Family Violence if a child is exposed to Family Violence such as if the child sees or hears family violence or otherwise experiences the effects of Family Violence.

What is Child Abuse?

Child Abuse is different to Family Violence because it relates directly to the abuse of a child (under the age of 18). In the Family Law Act 1975 the definition of Child Abuse includes:

  1. an assault, including a sexual assault, of the child; or
  2. a person (thefirst person) involving the child in a sexual activity with the first person or another person in which the child is used, directly or indirectly, as a sexual object by the first person or the other person, and where there is unequal power in the relationship between the child and the first person; or
  3. causing the child to suffer serious psychological harm, including (but not limited to) when that harm is caused by the child being subjected to, or exposed to, family violence; or
  4. serious neglect of the child.

We have assisted many people, regarding Family Violence and Child Abuse and have successfully protected and advocated their interests, needs and concerns.  Please call us today for more information.

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