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.

Author note

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 six

What happens after an AVO is made

Costs - firearms - consequences of breaching an AVO - working with children check - changes, reviews and appeals.

Chapter seven

AVOs in other states and territories

National Domestic Violence Order legislation - protection orders in other states and territories.

Chapter eight

Victims support

Package of care - counselling - immediate needs - economic loss - recognition payment - personal injury claim.

Chapter nine

Family law

Family Law Act - family violence - mediation - parenting orders - how AVOs interact with family law - injunctions for personal protection - family violence and the home.

Chapter ten

Renting and other legal issues

Renting - homelessness - employment - immigration.


Domestic violence. Hot Topics 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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