Category: Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs)

Victims of Crime May Be Given Access to Perpetrators’ Super Funds


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Federal Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Kelly O’Dwyer, has announced a review of the laws governing superannuation with a view to allowing victims of crime to access the funds of perpetrators. Ms O’Dwyer noted that the rules regarding the early release of superannuation have changed very little since 1977, ...

Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) Are Now Enforceable Nationwide


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim As of 25 November 2017, ‘Persons in Need of Protection’ (PINOPs) – or complainants – who are the subject of domestic violence orders (DVOs) in any Australian state or territory are automatically protected nationwide. The National Domestic Violence Order Scheme is designed to reduce barriers that can leave complainants ...

Domestic Violence Video Statements Aren’t Increasing Convictions


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On June 1 2015, NSW became the first Australian jurisdiction to allow pre-recorded videos to be used as evidence in domestic violence cases. The Domestic Violence Evidence-in-Chief (DVEC) reforms allow the evidence in proceedings to be presented in either a video or audio format. A 2013 NSW Bureau of Crime ...

Should Complainants Have Access to Paid Domestic Violence Leave?


An average of one woman per week is killed at the hands of their present or former partner in Australia. With reports of domestic violence at an all-time high, there are calls for paid domestic violence leave to become standard in all Australian employment contracts. Victims groups and health workers believe such an entitlement would ...

Surveillance Cameras in the Neighbourhood


Ben moved into a rental property in July this year. He didn’t realise until a few weeks later that his neighbours had installed security cameras which capture not only their own property, but also Ben’s backyard. The cameras are small and hard to see in the daylight, but Ben can see the red lights at ...

NSW Police ‘Shoot First and Ask Questions Later’


The NSW Police Force Handbook is meant to be the gospel when it comes to policing in our state. It is a comprehensive, 518 page document which provides information, advice and guidance on practically every aspect of policing. The publicly available handbook establishes best practices which all police are meant to follow when executing their ...

Using Technology to Get Around Court Orders


Tracking devices placed in cars, in baby strollers and even in walking sticks. Electronic “gifts” with spyware or location apps enabled. The use of sophisticated technology to listen to telephone calls and hack into email and social media accounts. The list goes on… These contraptions may sound like they’ve come straight out in a James ...

Preventative Programs are Primarily Responsible for Decline in NSW Crime


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim A Sydney criminologist believes that the implementation of preventative and diversionary strategies is the primary reason for most categories of crime declining across the state in recent years. Dr Garner Clancey, a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney, points out that many offences have fallen by as much ...

January is ‘Divorce Month’ for Family Lawyers


The end of the year is meant to be a time to relax and unwind with family and friends. But for many, the financial pressures and unrealistic expectations of Christmas and New Year’s can take a heavy emotional toll. Add excessive alcohol and a claustrophobic atmosphere to the mix, and festivities can turn sour, leading ...

Community Services Stretched to Limit Over Christmas


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Holidays can be a stressful time – extra financial strain, perceived social expectations and excessive consumption of alcohol can add tension to family relationships. For many, the holiday period can be a catalyst for arguments – or even abuse. Many find themselves fleeing violent or dysfunctional relationships over the ...