Domestic & Family Violence

We can provide swift assistance with completing and submitting an Application for a Protection Order (in Queensland) or Apprehended Violence Order (in New South Wales). We can also assist you with understanding your rights and your potential legal options if you have been named as a Respondent in an Application for Protection Order or Apprehended Violence Order.

However, if you and/or your children have been the victim of domestic or family violence, or you are in immediate danger, you must contact your local police straight away for your own safety and the safety of any children involved. They will be able to take immediate action to protect you from any further violence.

If deemed appropriate the local police will file an Application for a Protection Order (in Queensland) or Apprehended Violence Order (in New South Wales) on your behalf.

The Police can and will take swift and immediate action to protect you and your children from violence if considered appropriate.  They can remove the offending party from the family home and prohibit them from returning.

If you do not feel in immediate danger, however, are concerned about your safety and the safety of your children and personal property, then we can assist you with completion and filing of an Application for a Protection Order.  We can also assist in representing you before the Court at all stages of that Application.

It is important to know that the definition of Domestic and Family Violence is very wide and conduct which you may not consider to be domestically violent could give rise to an application being made against you.

If you are named as a Respondent in an Application for a Protection Order or an Apprehended Violence Order and you wish to know your rights and the impact of such an Order being made, we are happy to assist in this regard.   There are circumstances within which you can oppose the making of a Domestic Violence Order, however these matters can only be raised at a final hearing and we can advise you as to the appropriate evidence and the likelihood of your being successful in opposing the Application.

A finding by a local Court Magistrate that you have engaged in domestic and family violence can have a significant impact upon any children’s matters between you and your former spouse or partner.  It is therefore very important that you obtain legal advice in relation to your options if you are named as a Respondent in such an Application.


If you require further information, please Contact our Family Lawyers, Attwood Marshall and book an appointment today.
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