Domestic Violence

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For a long time, there was a belief that situations that arose within the family were solely a private matter. Women were treated as possessions of men and the law did not legally recognise the rape of a wife by her husband. In recent times, society’s attitudes towards domestic violence have changed considerably. Once, the only avenue that existed for victims of domestic violence was through criminal law. Today, all states of Australia have enacted various forms of domestic violence legislation to deal with this growing problem within our communities.
The Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 (Qld) provides a broader and more contemporary definition of what constitutes domestic and family violence. The legal definition of
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When imposing conditions on a respondent, the need to protect the aggrieved and any named persons, along with the welfare of a child of the aggrieved, are to be of paramount importance.
A domestic violence order can come in one of two forms: a temporary protection order or a protection order. A temporary protection order is an order made in the period before a court decides whether to make a protection order for the benefit of the aggrieved. A protection order is made by a magistrate when they make a final decision. A domestic violence order usually expires after a period of 1 to 2 years at which point the aggrieved can apply to the court to extend the order if fear of the respondent or the likelihood of violence is still present (NCSMC, 2012).
Often, the police are the first to be called to instances of domestic violence. Under the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act, police now have the ability to issue a police protection order. Unlike a protection order, which requires waiting until the courts issue it, the police protection order can be issued
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