Domestic Violence 101: The Facts You Need To Know

Domestic violence is a serious problem within Australia. According to OurWatch, 1 woman is killed every week from domestic violence and 1 in 3 women in Australia will experience physical assault in their homes. Due to New South Wales courts imposing harsher penalties on domestic abusers, the media has recently attracted more attention to these issues.

If you are a victim of domestic violence it is important that you know these facts. As well as this, make sure you get in contact with a local domestic violence layers in Sydney that will take the time to understand your personal situation and therefore have a better ability to fight for your rights.

What is Domestic violence?

Domestic violence occurs when one partner attempts to control the other through physical or psychological means.  This may include physical or sexual assault, verbal, emotional or economical abuse.

What are the reasons for domestic violence?

There are 3 main theories for the causes of domestic violence:

  1. Cyclical Theory

One of both partners grew up from a violent household as a child and perpetuates the violence as they believe it is normal.

  1. Supremacy Theory

Males who have been raised to be aggressive, dominating, and physical methods will resolve disputes in violent ways.

  1. Structural Pressure Theory

Violence comes about as a result of external pressures such as unemployment, poverty or substance abuse.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and need help please understand that you are not alone and help is available.

Where to go?

There are a number of places you can go when in a violent relationship.

  1. Go to a refuge

The purpose of a refuge is to provide temporary accommodations for those in need. Refuges are usually government funded as so provide services including emotional support, legal advice, security/safety, and basic necessities such as a food and clothing.

  1. Go stay with family or a friend

Staying either with trusted friends or family is also another alternative until you figure out what to do next.

Ways to legally protect yourself and others.  

Laws such as the Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO) have been put in place where one can apply to restrict access from an abusive partner on themselves and any children involved. There are two types of AVOs.

  1. Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO)
    An Apprehended Domestic Violence Order is when two different people are related or intimate and live in the same residential area.
  2. Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO)
    An Apprehended Personal Violence Order is similar and applies where the people involved are not in a domestic relationship or related. For example work colleagues or neighbors.

How to apply for an AVO?

To apply for an AVO you can inform the police or contact your domestic violence lawyers in Sydney. If yourself or the police fear for your safety during the incident they may legally abided to take you under their care. The police will notify you when to attend court to address the Order. You can also go to your Local Court and ask for an application.  The police will then inform the defendant about the application and the date and time they are required to attend court.

What are the conditions if Order is applied?

If an order is approved, there are three legally binding conditions the offender must refrain from:

  1. Assaulting, harassing, threatening, intimidating or interfering (approaching) with the victim.
  2. Stalking the victim/s.
  3. Other members of the domestic relationship including children are also protected.

The Norton Law Group is a leading law firm, combating against domestic violence. Located in Sydney, the Law Group will defend you through the whole process and fight for your rights. Offering legal advice for you and/or any family members for domestic violence, the Norton Law group is ready to defend your case. So if you need qualified domestic violence lawyers in Sydney make sure we are your first point of contact.