Domestic Violence Orders

You can apply privately for a domestic violence order or with the help of a domestic violence lawyer.

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Ensuring your safety

Domestic violence is on the rise in Australia. If you are in a situation where you do not feel safe, reach out to a family lawyer for assistance. Throughout our handling of your case, we will ensure the safety of you and your children is paramount and at the forefront of any proceedings.

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Helping you navigate difficult cases

Domestic violence cases can be complex, but we can guide you through the most difficult of scenarios, such as applications for urgent temporary domestic violence orders, peace and good behaviour orders, domestic violence order applications, defending domestic violence orders and making changes to domestic violence orders.

Dispute Resolution

Assisting you through court proceedings

If you are applying for a domestic violence order or responding to a domestic violence order in court, we can help. Appearing in court can be a stressful experience, but a family lawyer can guide you through what to expect and advise you on how to approach each court proceeding.

Discussing your individual situation and possible outcomes

It can be traumatic and emotionally draining to worry about your future and that of your children when domestic violence is involved. We can help relieve the stress of the situation by explaining in clear language how the law applies to your specific circumstances and what your options are to move forward. We ensure you are well informed of the process throughout.

Frequently asked questions

Domestic violence is defined as behaviour, by a person you are in a relationship with, that is:

- Physically or sexually abusive;
- Emotionally or psychologically abusive;
- Economically abusive;
- Threatening;
- Coercive;
- In any other way controls or dominates your life; or
- Causes you to fear for your safety or the safety of another such as a child
If you are experiencing domestic violence, it is important to have it addressed without delay. If you fear for your safety or that of your children, you should seek immediate assistance from police. There is an array of legal resources that can help you with your safety over the longer term. The most common action taken is applying to the Magistrate’s Court for a domestic violence order.
A domestic violence order is an official document produced by a judge in a court to prevent acts of domestic violence or threats. Domestic violence orders are designed to make the aggrieved (the person experiencing violence) feel safe as it becomes illegal for the respondent (the violent individual) to behave in certain ways.
If you have experienced domestic violence and you have made the application privately (without assistance from police) then you can withdraw your application at any stage in the proceedings. If a permanent order has been made that you wish to have removed, you will need to apply to the Magistrates Court to vary the order so that it expires immediately.
If there is a minor, indirect or unintended breach of a domestic violence order, the court may order the respondent to participate in community service or be placed on a good behaviour bond. If there is a major breach of a domestic violence order, the respondent may face two to three years imprisonment or be issued fines of up to $15,000.
There are two types of domestic violence orders: protection orders and temporary protection orders. Protection orders are produced by a magistrate in court to protect individuals in domestic or family violence situations. Protection orders usually last for five years, however they can be extended or reduced based on the time period the court deems appropriate. Temporary protection orders are made if you are in urgent, immediate danger. These orders only last for only a short time and protect those experiencing violence until their next hearing where the magistrate will decide on a full protection order.

Why choose us

We will tell you the truth at all times

We will be honest with you about your prospects of success, issues that arise or the commercial viability of your matter. The first time you come to see us, we will tell you whether you even need a lawyer.

We will respect you and your situation

Our job is not to judge anything you may have done. Our job is to guide your matter and actions moving forward to give you the best possible outcome for you, both legally and personally.

We will listen and understand your needs

We will hear not just what you want to achieve, but why you want to achieve it. We will tell you what you need to do to achieve the outcome you are after, legally, practically and emotionally.

We will stand by you all the way

Your matter doesn’t finish once a court order has been made. We will stay on your matter right up until all of the outstanding issues have been dealt with and the court orders are complied with.

We can help you through your divorce.

Forge Legal’s divorce lawyers are specialists in all areas of family law and can assist you with all legal matters in your divorce/separation.

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