To ensure that it is taken seriously by society, the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 provides protection and a safe environment for those people who become victims of family and domestic violence.
Domestic and family violence takes place when a person in a relationship with another uses abuse or violence to ensure control or power over the other person. Those who experience these acts of violence or abuse often live in fear. The way those affected are protected is through a domestic violence order. The intention of which is to restrict the behaviour of the person who is behaving in an abusive manner.
The Act does recognise that there are some people who may not wish to end the relationship but they just don’t want the violent part of the relationship. The purpose of a family violence order is to protect:
This order can restrict or stop a person from:
The perpetrator of family violence may also be required to give up a firearms licence or permit and seek compulsory counselling.
An application for a family violence order may be made to the Court by:
If the family violence order is breached a three year prison sentence may be imposed.
This article provides basic information only and is not a substitute for a professional or legal advice.