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Domestic Violence

Domestic or family violence, is violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour in a relationship. There are many types of domestic violence, including social, physical, sexual and emotional. If you’re being subjected to domestic violence, you need help and support. Family violence can be committed by both men and women against each other. Family violence includes the following actual violence, or a threat of violence, by a person towards a family member of the person or any other behaviour by the person that coerces or controls the family member or causes the member to be fearful.

Examples of behaviour that may constitute family violence include (but is not limited to) the following:

  • an assault against the family member;

  • a sexual assault or other sexually abusive behaviour against the family member;

  • stalking or cyber-stalking the family member;

  • repeated derogatory remarks against the family member;

  • damaging or destroying property of the family member;

  • causing death or injury to an animal that is the property of the family member;

  • unreasonably denying the family member the financial autonomy that the member would otherwise have had;

  • unreasonably withholding financial support needed to meet the reasonable living expenses of the family member, or a child of the member, at a time when the member is entirely or predominantly dependent on the person for financial support;

  • preventing the family member from making or keeping connections with the member’s family, friends or culture;

  • kidnapping, or depriving the liberty of, the family member, or any other person with whom the member has a family relationship;

  • distributing or publishing, or threatening to distribute or publish, intimate personal images of the family member; and

  • causing any family member who is a child to be exposed to behaviour referred to in this section.


Impacts of an FVRO…

If someone has committed family violence against you or if there are claims of family violence against you, ABMS LAWYERS Perth can assist on how you can protect your rights.

If someone has made a Family Violence Application Against you, you need to seek Legal advice on an urgent basis as FVRO’s has an impact on your parenting and property settlement rights.

ABMS LAWYERS can also assist if you are separated or divorced and there are children involved or property settlement is yet to be finalised and you are facing Domestic violence or if there is a claim against you.

To schedule an initial reduced fee consultation at a cost of $250 for your Family Law matter, contact us on (08) 94742832, via email or make an online booking.