Family & Domestic Violence Lawyers Blacktown, Penrith & Greater Sydney

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If you are currently facing an emergency situation, phone 000 immediately and request Police assistance.

What Constitutes Domestic Or Family Violence?

Domestic and Family Violence is when someone has experienced, or been exposed to, any of the following behaviours from either someone they live with or have a domestic relationship with:

  • Physical assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Stalking
  • Intimidation
  • Harassment
  • Financial abuse
  • Emotional or psychological abuse
  • Coercive Control (denied independence or autonomy)

Our team has significant experience supporting and representing victims of family violence. Our lawyers are committed to the best outcome for you and your children. The first goal is always to get you to safety.

We guide our clients to support services that will best suit your needs and advise you about how to best protect you and your children. We assist with applications for urgent Court Orders to place restrictions on the person inflicting violence on you and/or your children.

The key ways in which we can assist with your domestic or family violence circumstances include:

  • Advice to support your safety & the safety of your children
  • Advice about your options & support services
  • Advice about the next steps after leaving violence
  • Application for Apprehended Violence Order (AVO)
  • Breach of AVO


Need Urgent Advice?

If you require urgent advice, phone us via one of our office phone numbers or via our after hours emergency number.

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Applying For An AVO

We can assist with your application for an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO). If the Police do not take out an AVO on your behalf, we can help you make a private application for your future protection. When an AVO is issued, there is usually a time frame provided for which the AVO is to be in place. 

The conditions of an AVO are decided by a Judge and can be varied. The first condition is that the offender must not conduct themselves in any of the behaviours listed above that constitute family violence. 

If we seek additional Orders, a Judge may grant restrictions such as:

  • The offender is no longer able to reside in the same home as you/your children
  • Not allowed within a certain distance from where you/your children live, work or go to school
  • Not able to contact you/your children unless through a lawyer
  • Not allowed to be in the presence of you/your children for at least 12 hours after drinking alcohol or taking drugs

In the event the offender does not follow the Orders, that is considered a breach of the AVO. If the AVO is breached in any way, you need to notify Police immediately. If the conditions of an AVO are breached, then the offender has committed a criminal offence.

For more information about how to take out an AVO, go to this page here.

What If I Cannot Afford To Leave?

For anyone who has concerns about leaving a marriage or relationship for fear of not being able to afford to, it is important to know that there are avenues available to support you.

We listen to your needs and put you into contact with the right support services so that you and your children can have access to safe accommodation, food, clothing and necessities. Interim spousal or de facto maintenance may be another of those avenues. That is, where we can ask for agreement on your behalf, for funds to be provided, payable by your former spouse or partner, until a financial settlement can be finalised.

Also, we seek to reach an agreement on your behalf (or Court Orders if necessary) for the sole occupancy of your home with your children, with the exclusion to the offender. If required, we can apply for urgent Orders to help with this process.

We can help make you aware of the options available to you. Picking up the phone and having a conversation with one of our family lawyers is the first step. Your circumstances will be given the utmost care and confidentiality. We are here for you to provide advice, including information about how to take steps to devise a safe exit plan and learn what is available to ensure your safety.

Family and Domestic Violence Lawyers Blacktown, Penrith & Greater Sydney

Family and domestic violence is present in all layers of our community. If you have experienced family or domestic violence, reach out to our team for confidential support and advice. You will be treated with respect and without judgement.

If you are reading this page right now, you will likely have many questions and ‘what if’s’ swirling around in your mind. We have the answers to your questions and if there is anything we do not know, we will find the right people who will.

We are ready to listen and advise you about the best course of action, specific to your circumstances.


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