Domestic Violence Lawyers QLD

Domestic violence affects many Australian's every year.
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We have helped thousands of Australian's just like you navigate through the Family Court process. Our friendly and understanding team of lawyers can help you forge your future. The outcomes and decisions you make now, while dealing with Family Law matters, may impact the rest of your life.

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domestic violence lawyersWHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

There has been a significant rise in the incidence of Domestic Violence that occurs in our society. A common belief is that Domestic Violence is simply a physical act of violence, when in fact it encompasses a broad range of conduct. For example, a form of Domestic Violence can be financial abuse by restricting access to a bank account, use of foul language, or even unauthorised surveillance.

Domestic Violence is defined as, and includes the following behaviours:

  1.  is physically or sexually abusive;
  2.  is emotionally or psychologically abusive;
  3. is economically abusive;
  4. is threatening;
  5. is coercive;
  6. in any other way controls or dominates and causes the person to fear for the person’s safety or wellbeing, or that of someone else.

If you have been experiencing domestic violence, there are avenues of legal recourse available to you to assist with, you and your children’s safety. The most common avenue is to apply to the Magistrates Court for a Domestic Violence Order.


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A Domestic Violence Order ("DVO") is a civil matter that is heard in Magistrates Courts, whereby Applicants may seek Court Orders enforcing conditions about how a person can deal with another person. A DVO may last for a period of no longer than 2 years. It is important to note that a Domestic Violence Order is not a criminal order and does not appear on your criminal history. The matter may only become a criminal offence, if the person the order is made against, breaches a condition of the DVO.  This may be considered as crime and then appear on your criminal history.

A common DVO includes an order that a person is to be of good behaviour and not commit an act of domestic violence. However, depending upon the complexity of the situation, there are further and specific orders a DVO can impose, which may include the following:

  • not to come within a certain distance from a person, their residence or their work;
  • not to approach a person, their house or their work or place they frequent;
  • not to contact a person;
  • not to contact a person except for the purposes of having contact with a child; and
  • not to contact or approach a named person on the Order (extra people you list for protection).


At Forge Legal, the safety of your children and yourself is paramount, and our skilled and experienced team can help you navigate even the most complex of domestic violence cases, including situations such as:

  • Applications for Urgent Temporary Domestic Violence Orders (DVO)
  • Domestic Violence Order Applications
  • Defending Domestic Violence Order
  • Varying Domestic Violence Orders
  • Peace and Good Behaviour Orders

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Contact us for help regarding any Domestic Violence issues.

We're on your side.

At Forge Legal we are very proud of the relationships we build with the people that come to us. We understand that we might be needed during some of the most trialing times in one's life and they may need all the support they can get. It's our goal to get you through these times with as little stress as possible and to get you the outcome you need to move on with your life. 

We have created 10 pledges to all our clients that formulates the cornerstone of our relationship to our client and how we operate as a firm.
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We understand that dealing with the Family Court can be stressful for many people and you need a team that can make it as easy as possible while still getting the best outcome for your family.
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I had Hayley Kennedy do my divorce and property settlement which included some complicated parenting orders. Hayley was thorough, caring and explained things really well during this difficult time. I appreciated her knowledge and advice that really helped me sort out issues I didn’t even know I should - to avoid problems down the track. Great lawyer!

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You need a legal team that is just as unique as your family. With Forge Legal, you get a team of expert lawyers from the combination of three specialist law firms combined into one.

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Meeting our family law specialists:
  • Hayley Kennedy
  • Hayley Kennedy - Forge Legal
  • With a strong background in delivering expert legal advice, Hayley practices in the expansive areas of Family Law and Wills and Estates, also providing advice in many areas of Property Law, Civil Disputes and Criminal Law.
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  • Tracey McMillan
  • Tracey McMillan - Forge Legal
  • Tracey is direct and strategic but compassionate with her clients and as a result, she is referred to as a fierce fighter for a good cause. Tracey goes the extra mile and she genuinely takes each of her matters to heart, treating them as if she were representing her own family.
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