Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviour. It is the use of violence or abuse by one person to gain and maintain power over another person with whom they are in a close personal or family relationship.
Women’s Legal Centre offers legal advice relating to domestic violence.There are three main ways that the law can assist women facing domestic violence.
- Domestic Violence Orders (DVO) put in place conditions which seek to stop future violence
- Criminal charges may be made if there is enough evidence showing past domestic violence.
- Divorce, child access arrangements, and other family law matters may also be important.
Your Court Your Safety provides more information on the law and domestic violence.