Recently the Queensland government tackled one of the most sensitive areas of Australian law, domestic violence. Their recent overhaul of the laws related to domestic violence and resulting protection orders can offer victims important services, but many victims are unaware of the options available.
Any time allegations of violence are reported to the police, law enforcement has a duty to investigate. If they believe the victim is still at risk, they can also ask for a Police Protection Order. But victims, or their legal representation, can also make a private application for police protection. Violating a police protection order is a very serious offense, and breaching the order can be punishable by jail time.
Many people believe that domestic violence exists only where actual physical violence has occurred. But domestic violence also includes intimidating, threatening, or controlling behavior. Violence is not always physical, and emotional abuse can be just as serious, sometimes more so.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, we understand how stressful navigating the legal system can be. We will work tirelessly to make sure that your rights are protected, and you are afforded the protection you deserve.