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Domestic Violence

If you are experiencing domestic violence, it is important to have it addressed without delay. There is an array of legal resources that can help you with your safety over the longer term.

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Domestic Violence Order

Domestic Violence Orders

A domestic violence order is an official document produced by a judge in a court to prevent acts of domestic violence or threats.

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We can help you with domestic violence matters

Forge Legal’s family lawyers are specialists in all areas of family law and can assist you with all legal matters related to domestic violence.

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 experiences 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.
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.

Our award-winning family lawyers

Hayley Kennedy Family Lawyer

Hayley Kennedy

Hayley delivers expert legal advice across all 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 is direct and strategic but compassionate. Tracey goes the extra mile and genuinely takes each of her matters to heart, treating them as if she were representing her own family.

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Cameron Martin

Cameron is a passionate family lawyer and gets great satisfaction from assisting his clients through and after separation. He also practices in domestic violence, criminal and traffic law.

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