Domestic Violence

Who is really the violent one?

If you are facing charges with a Domestic Violence Order (DVO) and need to go to court, we can help you defending the charges, or consent to the order without admission, or help you mitigate the penalties. There are always two versions of one story. Tell us your story now and see how we can help you.

What if you, the person being sued with domestic violence, is the real victim? The person abusing you has gone to the court and applied a DVO against you? We are here to help. If you feel that a DVO has been wrongly applied against you and want to contest, we have experience and can assist you in your cross DV application.

Family domestic violence cases often cross over to criminal law. If a Domestic Violence Order was entered against you and you breach the Court’s order, you would have committed a criminal offence. Also, depending on how serious the involved injuries or the abuses are, the Police has the right to charge you under Criminal Code Act 1899. Contact us now and let us help you!

What amounts to Domestic Violence?

  • Physical abuses – such as threatening to or actually hurting, hitting, belting, pinching, slapping, kicking, choking and pushing or shoving around roughly regularly someone, someone’s pets or damaging someone’s properties.
  • Sexual abuses – such as forcing the other party to engage or participate in unnatural or uncomfortable sexual activities.
  • Emotional or Psychological abuses – such as sending excessive harassing text messages, stalking, blackmailing, extorting, preventing contacts between family and friends, controlling how one’s look and threatening to expose their “sexuality”.
  • Economic abuses – such as threatening to or actually controlling money or finance of the other party and or withholding money or misusing such money or property to the detriment of the other party.
  • Threatening behaviour – such as saying or acting in a mannerism or body language that cause the other party to feel threatened, frightened or even threaten to inflict self-harm or commit suicide.
  • Coercive behaviour – such as intimidating, forcing or manipulating the other party to do or say things that he or she otherwise in his or her right mind will not do or say.
  • Accumulative abuse or ‘Battered Woman (or Man) Syndrome’ – such as having been systematically abused physically, emotionally, sexually, psychologically and financially (i.e. combination of all the above) for a long time until the woman (i.e. wife) cannot take it anymore and ‘burst out’ at the abuser (i.e. usually husband). Husband may then call the police to apply for a DVO against the wife, but wife may have a case to contest and cross apply DVO against the husband.