Family and domestic violence involves any violent, controlling, coercive and/or threatening behaviour that has the potential, to or does result in, physical, psychological or sexual damage. Family and domestic violence also encompasses forced social isolation, economic deprivation, or behaviour that causes persons to feel fear. This type of violence does not discriminate and can happen to people of all cultures and backgrounds.
It can also occur before, during, or after separation and has the ability to further fragment families. This can make it difficult for people to appear in Court or make legal decisions concerning their families.
Children, even if they do not directly witness family violence, are sometimes aware of what is happening. This can have both short and long-term effects on their physical and mental health.
Family and domestic violence is a criminal offence and should be reported to the police immediately. If you are a victim of family and domestic violence, it is important to tell someone you trust. There are many services available which can not only assist you in finding safety, but also ending the cycle of abuse. If you are worried about your or your children's safety at any time, you should contact the police.
Tell the police your name, telephone number and where you live, as well a description of the offender. You should also let them know if the offender is in possession of any weapons. Many police departments have staff who are trained to deal with family and domestic violence.
If you are appearing in the Family Court or Federal Circuit Court and feel unsafe for any reason, you must inform the Court. Letting the Courts know about family violence issues is important to ensure that precautions are taken so parenting Orders are not made which may risk a child's safety.
Craddock Murray Neumann are here to help you and your family get through domestic violence issues.
Our team of family lawyers can provide you with expert family law advice, letting you know what your options are when it comes to working through and finally resolving a family dispute in or out of court.