Domestic violence is a serious issue in Queensland, and it affects people from all walks of life. Victims of domestic violence may feel trapped, isolated, and unable to seek help. Geldard Sherrington Lawyers in Hervey Bay are here to help victims understand their legal rights and options.
Domestic Violence Legislation in QLD
In QLD, the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 provides protection to victims of domestic and family violence. This act defines domestic violence as behavior that is physically or sexually abusive, emotionally or psychologically abusive, economically abusive, threatening or coercive, or in any other way controls or dominates a person and causes them to fear for their safety or wellbeing.
Victims of domestic violence have the right to apply for a Domestic Violence Order (DVO) under this act. A DVO is a legal document that prohibits the perpetrator from engaging in certain behaviours, such as approaching or contacting the victim. It can also include conditions that require the perpetrator to attend counselling or not possess a firearm.
Applying for a Domestic Violence Order
To apply for a DVO, victims can go to their local Magistrates Court, Police Station, or Community Legal Centre. They can also engage a lawyer to assist them with the application. The application will be heard by a Magistrate, who will determine whether to grant the DVO.
If a DVO is granted, it is important for victims to keep a copy of the order with them at all times. They should also provide a copy to the police and any other relevant authorities, such as schools or childcare centres.
Breaching a Domestic Violence Order
It is a criminal offense to breach a DVO. If the perpetrator breaches the order, the victim should contact the police immediately. The police have the power to arrest the perpetrator and charge them with a criminal offense.
Victims of domestic violence should also seek medical attention if they are injured or feel unwell. They should keep records of any medical treatment they receive, as this can be used as evidence if they decide to pursue legal action against the perpetrator.
Victims of domestic violence can seek legal assistance to help them understand their legal rights and options. Geldard Sherrington Lawyers in Hervey Bay can provide advice and representation to victims of domestic violence. Our team of experienced lawyers understands the sensitive and complex nature of domestic violence cases, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that our clients receive the protection and justice they deserve.
Contact Geldard Sherrington Lawyers in Hervey
Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects many people in Queensland. Victims of domestic violence have legal rights and options to protect themselves and their families. Geldard Sherrington Lawyers in Hervey Bay can provide legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, helping them to navigate the legal system and obtain the protection and justice they deserve.
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