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Breach of a Domestic Violence Order is a criminal offence, and offenders are liable to a maximum sentence of three years in prison or a fine up to 120 penalty units.

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Our domestic violence lawyers act for all persons charged with domestic violence offences.

Our domestic violence lawyers act for all persons charged with domestic violence offences, as well as those who are victims of this criminal offence.

Domestic violence refers to one person in a relevant relationship using violence to control and dominate the other person in that relationship. Abuse behaviours can be physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, financial, social and spiritual.

A 'relevant relationship' can be defined as:

  • an intimate personal relationship (i.e. current or former partner);
  • a family relationship (i.e. children, parent, step-parent or sibling); and
  • an informal care relationship (i.e. a carer).

The main legislation that deals with domestic violence in Australia is the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012. This legislation protects those experiencing domestic violence by allowing the victim to apply for a Protection Order (Domestic Violence Order or 'DVO'). Breach of a Domestic Violence Order is a criminal offence, and offenders are liable to a maximum sentence of three years in prison or a fine up to 120 penalty units. Previously convicted offenders will see a sentence increase to five years in prison or a fine up to 240 penalty units. If you are facing domestic violence charges, hiring one of our an expert domestic violence lawyers will greatly improve your chances of receiving a less severe penalty.

Guest Lawyers offer free initial consultations (including in prisons) to assist with a number of domestic violence charges. Our team of domestic violence lawyers are licensed to practice across Australia and often travel to other states and territories to do so. Please get in touch with our lawyers either via Guest Lawyers’ email or by calling (07) 3211 3007.

 

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