In several instances, the offended party chooses to keep mum because they are confused whether they should report the violator who is a member of his family or simply give him a second chance.
It is also very difficult to report a member of your family to the authorities because this means the severance of family ties. The result is often times injustice to the victims because the offended parties themselves tolerated the commission of a crime. The effects are beyond repair especially towards the minor children who are affected emotionally and psychologically in the process.
Today, the laws protecting the victims of domestic violence are more protected now and encouraged to report the domestic crimes. It is found out that there are many domestic crimes, which are happening inside homes, but remained unreported. Our domestic courts have offered many reliefs to victims who are simply scared to report because they are afraid of their safety.
Now, in Australia, we have the Domestic Violence Orders (DVO), which is designed to protect victims who live in a domestic relationship with the alleged perpetrator. On the other hand, we have the Personal Violence Orders (PVO) is for all other categories of victims.
Under the Family Law Act, Section 68B, it provides the relief of an Injunction for the personal protection of the child, parent, or the guardian or the victims of the domestic violence crimes. It specifically restrains an offender from entering or remaining in the place of residence, or it permits the court to make an order to relive a victim to a marriage obligation or to perform marital services and render conjugal rights to the offender.
Now, in domestic violence crimes, the court grants protection order pending the resolution or the investigation of the domestic violence crimes.
Domestic violence offences under in the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) are defined as those offences which are committed by persons with domestic relationships with one another.
Under the Australian laws, domestic violence offences are punishable. The Victorian and South Australian family violence legislation includes the physical, emotional and mental abuse towards a member of the family.
The definition of intimidation is emotional abuse as a form of family violence. However, there is a notable difference in family domestic offences and the criminal law offences. In domestic violence offences, the law has expanded its definition to more than just physical harm. Examples of these offences include the denial of a family member of financial support needed for his subsistence.
The amendments to these domestic violence offences further on the mental and emotional abuse to contact his family and cultural members. There is a broad interpretation of domestic violence offences because it is intended to protect minor children who are not just affected by physical acts of violence, but more on the mental and emotional effects.
In Australia, Domestic Violence Orders (DVO) is designed to protect people who live in a domestic relationship with the alleged perpetrator and Personal Violence Orders (PVO) is for all other categories of victims.