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Kerry White

Several studies suggest that domestic violence in Australia is more widespread than is commonly thought.

Historically, statistics on domestic violence in Australia were calculated based on reports of the incidents.It is now thought that only a small proportion of domestic violence is ever actually reported.

People think that that there is little the court or the law can do to protect victims of domestic violence. Certainly, here in Canberra, that is simply not the case. In the ACT, the law protects people from domestic and personal violence. The law covers two types of protection orders:

  • Domestic violence orders; Section 10 (Domestic Violence and Protection Orders Act 2008 (ACT))
  • Personal protection orders; Section 11 (Domestic Violence and Protection Orders Act 2008 (ACT))

A domestic violence order (DVO) restrains the respondent from engaging in conduct that constitutes domestic violence in relation to the applicant. A personal protection order (PVO) may be made either as a workplace order or as an order other than a workplace order. A personal protection order that is a workplace order restrains the respondent from engaging in conduct that constitutes personal violence in relation to the workplace. A personal protection order other than a workplace order restrains the respondent from engaging in conduct that constitutes personal violence in relation to the applicant.


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Taking the next step and contacting a family lawyer can be scary. Our lawyers will make you feel comfortable so you can talk about your situation. But first, ask yourself, Do I really need a lawyer?

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Contact Armstrong Legal:
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