Domestic violence is violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour in a relationship. There are many types of domestic violence, including physical, sexual, emotional and social. If you are being subjected to domestic violence, know that you can get help. There are many organisations offering help and support, including the support of the legal system.
In certain circumstances, victims of domestic violence don’t even know they are in an abusive relationship, or don’t know what to do about it, what their rights are, and where they could get help.
Knowing your rights, and if they are violated, is the first step. Contact us today to speak to a domestic violence lawyer and determine the next steps.
Domestic Violence: Factsheet
For violence to be domestic, it is not necessary that it occurs within home, but within a relationship, mostly with an intimate partner or family. Domestic violence occurs when someone close to you has you under their power and control, and this can be expressed in different ways.
Physical abuse involves someone hurting you physically, or threatening to hurt you or your loved one, or even a pet.
Emotional abuse can often go unrecognised, which is making it even more hurtful than it is. An emotionally abusive partner works hard to decrease your feelings of self-worth and independence.
Economic abuse involves someone else controlling your finances and keeping you financially dependent on them. Not being able to decide on your finances yourself, or not even having them and having to ask for money is a form of domestic violence.
Social domestic violence involves the abuser insulting you or humiliating you in front of other people, as well as keeping you isolated from family and friends, or controlling who you can spend your time with, where you can go and what you can do.
Spiritual abuse involves stopping you from having your own opinions about religion, cultural beliefs and values.
How Can You Stay Safe?
Sometimes it’s hard to work out the danger or risks yourself, especially because an abusers are known to downplay the seriousness of what they are doing. This often leads to an underestimate of the amount of danger you are in. If you are unsure about your safety, it is important that you talk to someone as soon as possible and protect yourself from harm. At Withstand Lawyers we will connect you to an accredited and specialised domestic violence lawyer who will be there to help you make the right decisions for your safety.
You might have to leave your home, even though the idea of leaving can often seem just as hard and scary as staying in an abusive relationship. If possible, talk to someone you trust, be it a friend, counsellor or youth worker.
Police are also obliged to protect you if you feel unsafe.
Every state in Australia has laws designed to protect you against all forms of domestic violence. Discussing your right with a domestic violence lawyer will help you evaluate the danger you face and determine what to do next. Here at Withstand Lawyers across Sydney and Brisbane we employ a number of specialists that can work with you and achieve the best outcome possible, all while ensuring you are safe and understand the processes taking place. If necessary, we can arrange a meeting in Blacktown, Bankstown, Campbeltown, Central Coast, North Shore, Penrith or Wollongong. Give us a call today at 1800 644 541, email us at email@example.com or send an online inquiry to book an appointment where we can assess your situation better.