What is domestic and family violence?
Section 4AB of the Family Law Act 1975 states the meaning of family violence. Essentially it is behaviour that “coerces or controls a member of the person’s family…, or causes the family member to be fearful”.
Some examples of family violence include:
Sexual assault or sexually abusive behaviour
Repeated derogatory taunts
Intentionally damaging or destroying property
Intentionally causing death or injury to an animal
Control of finances, including the withholding of financial support
Preventing contact with family members
Children do not have to be physically harmed to be victims of family violence. Some examples of Children being exposed to family violence include:
Seeing or hearing an assault
Assisting a family member who has been assaulted
Cleaning up after a family violence incident
Witnessing Police attendance after a family violence incident
The short video above has been produced by the Queensland Courts and helps explains family violence further.
Should you believe that you and or your Children are currently/or have been a victim of family violence and should you want further information about how to best protect your Children and or yourself, please contact our office for a free 15 minute discussion with one of our Solicitors on (07) 5679 8016.