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There are several forms of domestic violence which can be categorised as follows:
- Physical – shaking, slapping, pushing, punching, scratching, spitting, biting etc.
- Financial – restricting access to money
- Verbal – name calling, incessant criticism, swearing
- Social – restricting your access to friends and family around you
- Sexual – rape or unwanted sexual advances
- Stalking – following you or showing up unannounced which is causing you to fear for your safety
The effects of family violence on children can be devastating. If shared parenting results in high conflict, the Court may take the view that shared care is not good for children and order that one parent be restricted from seeing or caring for the children without attending a supervised care centre.
If there is a history of domestic violence:
- in front of the children or
- towards the children
then the children may be named on an order as ‘protected persons’ and the Court will then make appropriate orders to ensure they are protected from harm (i.e. restricting the violent person from being within a certain radius of the children).
Breaching the terms of an Order is a criminal offence and subject to severe penalties.
If you are concerned for your safety, please contact us immediately. We are here to help.
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