Domestic violence is an issue that has become increasingly prevalent in the news and general public’s awareness, especially during 2015 with many celebrities and politicians coming on board to raise awareness and ultimately help prevent the number of victims of domestic violence.

There are a number of misconceptions when it comes to domestic violence. It is a common misconception that domestic violence is only against women; it happens to men as well. It is also a common misconception that domestic violence is purely physical. Domestic violence doesn’t necessarily have to include physical acts of violence but can also include social isolation, emotional abuse or even financial abuse.

The Family Court takes the issue of domestic violence very seriously and there is a close connection between family breakdown and domestic violence. Both adult victims and children can be detrimentally impacted, so protecting family members and particularly children from the effects of domestic violence is of the utmost importance. Ensuring the safety of all people engaged in the family law system, including when attending court, is also a high priority for the courts.

If I am a victim of domestic violence, what can I do?

If you have a support network of friends and family, you could seek help from them initially. You may also need to seek police assistance. The police may obtain an intervention order (note: these are usually issued by the police or courts, or solicitors). Intervention orders help to protect you and your family if you are a victim of domestic violence. They prevent someone who is harassing, threatening or abusing you from having contact with you. They are made to suit your situation and can prevent someone from phoning you, following you, coming to your house, coming near your place of work, contacting you via social media and many more situations.

We would also recommend visiting the family court website for further information:

http://www.familycourt.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/fcoaweb/family-law-matters/family-violence

or contacting on of these hotline services

Domestic Violence Crisis Service (24 Hours) 1300 782 200

Domestic Violence Helpline (24 Hours) 1800 800 098

How can your family lawyer help?

If you are a victim of domestic violence there are some areas that Adelaide Family Law may be able to help you with.

We can provide legal advice on the best way to approach mediation and whether it is appropriate. This may be conducted jointly or separately if the victim is feeling intimidated by the other party. If an agreement has not been reached through the mediation process, then our family lawyers can assist in preparing and submitting any relevant court applications with regard to arrangements for children (parenting application) or division of assets (property settlement).

If you are concerned that an intervention order has been unfairly placed against you (sometimes this is used as a tactic to prevent access to children) our family lawyers can apply to the Family Court on your behalf to ensure fair access to your family and advise you about responding to an intervention order application in the magistrates court.

If there are intervention orders in place, then Adelaide Family Law can assist with any relevant court applications with regard to access to children or possibly property or finances. Or it might be that an intervention order has been un-fairly placed against you – sometimes this is used as a tactic to prevent access to children. Our family lawyers can apply to the court on your behalf to ensure fair access to your family.

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