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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a scourge in our society. When one thinks of domestic violence one thinks of something physical, but the definition of domestic violence contained in the Domestic & Family Violence Protection Act 2012 is very wide.

It includes behaviour that is physically or sexually abusive, is emotionally or psychologically abusive, is economically abusive, is threatening, is cohesive or in any other way controls or dominates someone and causes that person to fear for that person’s safety or well being or that of someone else.

Some examples of behaviour that constitute domestic violence are coercing a person to engage in sexual activity, depriving a person of a person’s liberty or threatening to do so, threating to commit suicide or self-harm so as to torment, intimidate or frighten the person to whom the behaviour is directed and the list goes on.

If you are a victim of domestic violence you can bring a domestic violence action against the person in the Magistrates Court using a solicitor, or you can make a complaint, so police can prosecute on your behalf.

Contact Rita Derek of this firm for further advice.

Posted in: Derek Legal Blog at 12 December 18

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