Hot Topics: Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is one of the most widespread human rights abuses in Australia and globally. Each week in Australia a woman loses her life to domestic homicide. This issue looks at the prevalence of domestic violence and the legal framework that deals with offenders and victims, which includes AVOs, the court process and other legal issues that relate to DV.

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Women's Legal Service NSW (WL SNSW) is an independent not for profit community legal centre that aims to achieve access to justice and a just legal system for women in NSW. WLS NSW provides women with a range of free community legal services, including legal advice and information, education, training and resources across metropolitan and regional areas of NSW.

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Chapter one

Overview of domestic violence

What is domestic violence - cycle of violence - prevalence - domestic homicide - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women - children and young people - older people - reporting to police - previous partners.

Chapter two

Responses to domestic violence

Community attitudes - government responses - accessibility of services.

Chapter three

Apprehended Violence Orders

History of AVOs - Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 - different types of AVOs.

Chapter four

Getting an AVO

Police applications - private applications - conditions in an AVO application - legal help.

Chapter five

The AVO court process

The first court date - preparing for a hearing - the hearing.


Hot Topics: Domestic Violence is intended as an introductory guide only and should not be interpreted as legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information, the Legal Information Access Centre does not assume responsibility for any errors or omissions.

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