If we want to stop domestic violence, we have to first understand it.
There is nothing good, or kind, about domestic violence. But domestic violence, is not as astonishing as the reason that causes it. According to an article written by Psychology Today’s, Hara Estroff Marano, titled The Key to Ending Domestic Violence, what leads to domestic violence is affirmation – the overwhelming need, we can sometimes have for it.
Can you give, what you don’t have, yourself?
What research into domestic violence has found is that ‘the perpetrator of violence is in need of a level of affirmation and support that their partner may not be capable of giving at a point in time.’
This can lead to violence, rage and abuse that is physical, emotional, social or spiritual. In Australia, new immigrants need to be particularly aware of the law as it stands. Violence of any kind, including curbing the movements, or rights, any child or adult has legal access, or recourse to, is abuse.
You don’t have to put up with an abusive situation, you can leave it
Too often, victims of domestic violence feel like they have ‘no option’ available to them. However, In Australia, you have the right, not just the option, to be free and to live with the safety and dignity that our constitution and society guarantee you.
If you are in immediate danger, the police are your first port of call
Their first obligation is to ensure your safety. Once this is secured, a good legal firm like Platinum Lawyers can help you understand the legal options you have available to you. Taking out an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) on your partner is the first of them.
An AVO is designed to protect you and your children
You can take out an AVO on a partner, someone you’ve been intimate or in a relationship with, as well as a neighbour or individual who is harassing you by stalking you.
If it is the circumstance that you would like to continue to live with your partner but would also like to have an AVO to protect yourself against physical, emotional or social violence, this can also be arranged.
At Platinum Lawyers, we understand your need for privacy and sensitivity
Domestic violence is not an issue any one wants to see publicised. With experience that goes back 20 years, and a success rate that is 99%, we give you the legal expertise you need, with the sensitivity and care you also do.