Domestic Violence FAQs

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence which is sometimes called Family Violence is where a family member through an act or omission makes someone feel unsafe or afraid or commits a physical act such as punching, kicking or pushing. Domestic violence generally includes controlling or threatening behaviour which can be direct or indirect and often occurs over time but can be a one-off occurrence.
A Family Member can include, anyone you have a family relationship with, which includes:

  • Your partner
  • Children whether biological or under your care
  • Relatives
  • Anyone you treat as family

Domestic Violence can take many forms and includes when another person you are in a relationship with:

  • Is physically abusive
  • Is sexually abusive
  • Is emotionally or psychologically abusive
  • Is economically abusive
  • Is threatening
  • Is coercive
  • In any other way controls or dominates a person and causes a person to fear for their safety or wellbeing or that of someone else

Relationships covered by the law include:

  • An intimate personal relationship (married, de facto, registered relationship, engaged, couple and same-sex partners)
  • A family relationship (a parent, or former parent, of a child, or your relatives)
  • An informal care relationship (where one person is dependent on the other person for help in an activity of daily living like dressing and cooking for them.

For more information about Domestic Violence call us today on 1800 572 417 and speak with one of our lawyers.

If you are in immediate danger please call 000 or contact your local police station.

If you require emergency housing or counselling and support please consider calling:

  • ​DV Connect in Queensland, Domestic Violence Support Services Victoria
  • Domestic Violence help in New South Wales
  • Respect in Western Australia and for the rest of Australia
  • Womensline 24 hours / 7 days on 1800 811 811
  • Mensline 9am to 12 midnight, 7 days on 1800 600 636

I need a lawyer who can meet with me on a flexible schedule, can you accommodate my lifestyle?

Yes. We have a range of resources and a team of Lawyers who offer top-quality legal services. Our lawyers can arrange to meet with you in one of our offices, at our meeting rooms, in chambers, at a Court or other agreed location. We can also arrange Skype and telephone appointments saving you time and money. We are here to work with you and to make your life easier.

How do I know if you can help me?

We help many people across Australia work through issues of family and domestic violence. If you have domestic violence or family law matters in Court, or if you are looking to make an Application to have Court Orders put in place, then call My Legal Crunch on 1800 572 417. We can provide you with a 30-minute free consultation, and if we are unable to assist you for any reason, we will refer you to another legal practice, legal aid or a community legal centre that may be able to assist you.

Do you use barristers and if so do they cost extra?

Our lawyers are experienced in appearing in Court for matters that relate to Domestic Violence. Usually, unless the matter is very complex, we can forgo the cost of retaining a Barrister which is one of the ways we can offer our clients affordable legal services. In some complex matters, we can engage one of our trusted Barristers to attend Court for your matter. We have great relationships with our Barrister, and as such we are able to secure competitive rates, keeping your costs down.

Do you undertake other legal work like criminal matters?

Yes, our lawyers handle a variety of different areas of legal practice, including providing robust Criminal defence legal services, family law and we also defend individuals who are charged with a breach of Court orders.

How much do you charge?

We can offer you affordable pricing and in some instances fixed fee prices when it comes to Domestic Violence and Family Law matters. When we discuss your matter during our free consultation, we will let you know if your case falls within our fixed price structure and if not, we will tell you upfront what the expected cost would be.

Do you provide legal aid?

At this time we do not provide legal aid legal services.

I need more information and resources about domestic violence and family law, can you help me?

Our lawyers can provide you with information and resources regarding Domestic Violence and Family Law.

You can also visit our Knowledge Centre where we provide information about domestic violence.

Family Violence Resources
Australia Wide Domestic Violence Resources
Queensland Family Violence Resources
New South Wales Family Violence Resources
Victoria Family Violence Resources
Western Australia Family Violence Resources

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