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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

The Law on Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Domestic and family violence may be a crime. It's defined within the Crimes (Domestic and private Violence) Act 2007.

It's a crime that always goes unreported to police and may be too complex for the police to supply an efficient response to.

Domestic and family violence may be a crime that takes many forms.

It involves an abuse of power, mainly perpetrated by men in an intimate partner relationship or after separating from the connection . It extends beyond physical violence and should involve the exploitation of power imbalances and patterns of abuse.

Some samples of domestic and family violence crimes are:

  1. physical assault (punching, hitting, kicking, pushing, throwing things at a person)
  2. stalking
  3. unwanted sex or sexual acts
  4. breaking ADVOs - Apprehended violence Orders (sometimes called AVOs or restraining orders)
  5. making some sort of threat

Police will answer all reports of domestic and family violence. Officers are committed to using all lawful means to police this crime, including:

  1. removing offenders from the victim's location (victim safety may be a priority)
  2. taking out an Apprehended violence Order (ADVO) on behalf of victims and any children living or spending time with the victim (whether they're by consent or not)
  3. investigating breaches of ADVOs
  4. developing solutions to managing repeat offenders

More Information

For more information about domestic violence law - visit:

  1. NSW Police website
  2. NSW Justice website
  3. Family law services
  4. Children’s legal services
  5. Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services

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