We offer advice and assistance in respect to Violence Restraining Orders and Family Violence Restraining Orders.
You can apply to the Court for a Family Violence Restraining Order against a family member if you need protection because of the risk of family violence.
A violence restraining order is a Court order against a person that is designed to stop violence, threats of violence, behaviour that is controlling, or that causes fear.
Often where an enquiry is made in respect to a family violence restraining order a client will also need assistance with family law matters. We are in the position to assist in respect to all of these matters.
Regardless of whether a person has taken out a family violence restraining order on their ex-spouse (or is considering doing so) or has been served with a family violence restraining order they will have other questions. Those questions often extend to access to and communication with the children, access to funds and access to the family home. We can assist with all of these matters along with providing advice in respect to the order.
Sometimes people call us immediately upon considering a family violence restraining order. However, for a majority of people they have had to act first to protect themselves by obtaining a violence restraining order or Police have attended served a “72-hour notice” or other notice requiring persons to remain apart.
We can assist with both immediate advice and advice once an interim order has been made. If a final order has been made, we can also assist with parenting and property matters that will require attention regardless of the restraining order.
Family violence, or domestic violence, can take a number of forms. A person may be exposed to physical abuse or financial, emotional or psychological abuse. It is important to know and to understand that domestic violence does not always leave a victim with bruises or physical pain.
Often family violence takes the form of controlling behaviour, a person is restricted financially or in their movements or relationships with others.
We stress that we can assist with the matter after the protective action has been taken, if you are experiencing family violence and are in immediate danger call 000 for Police or Ambulance help.
If you are not yet ready to call a lawyer, call:
1800RESPECT (1800 737 732). This is a 24-hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
Lifeline 13 11 14 who can assist by putting you in contact with a crisis service or if you are thinking about suicide.
Men’s Referral Service 1300 766 491 offers assistance, information and counselling to help men who use family violence.