No person should be expected to remain in a relationship where they are subjected to family violence (domestic violence). You do have rights and there are many agencies available to support you.
For many years, the focus has been on protecting women and children from circumstances of family violence. Whilst the research tells us that women and children are more likely to be the victim of family violence, it is important to remember that men are sometimes the victims of family violence too.
Family violence is often a significant and relevant issue when it comes to Family Court proceedings in relation to both property settlement and parenting matters.
In some circumstances it may be necessary/appropriate to seek protection through the implementation of a Family Violence Order (in the Family Court) or a Family Violence Restraining Order (in the Magistrates Court) for the purpose of protecting yourself and/or your children.
Our professional team can provide you with specific advice and guidance regarding the best way to address your particular circumstances, so that you are protected but not necessarily involved in litigation in multiple Courts.
Section 4AB of the Family Law Act (1975) defines family violence as:
“…violent, threatening or other behaviour by a person that coerces or controls a member of the person’s family (the family member) or cause the family member to be fearful.
Some examples of behaviour that may constitute family violence include (but are not limited to):
Our experienced professional team at Dimond Family Lawyers can help you cope with your specific circumstances through sound legal advice, referral to psychological and other professionals if necessary, and helping you to establish arrangements that are safe for you and your family.