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Sixty Nine Australian Women Killed Last Year in Domestic Attacks

by Paul Gregoire
Carla Hales was killed with an axe in her home in the Perth suburb of Munster on 28 December last year. The 30-year-old woman was hacked to death by Jesse de Beaux, an unknown assailant, who’d was released from a nearby...

Woman Commences Private Prosecution After Police Refuse to Charge her Alleged Attacker

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
A Queensland woman has decided to launch a private criminal prosecution against her former partner after police refused to charge him over an incident where he allegedly brought a can of petrol into their home, doused her with petrol and...

Your Domestic Violence Leave Entitlements

by Zeb Holmes & Ugur Nedim
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) introduced unpaid domestic violence leave earlier this year, changing the workplace entitlements of millions of workers on modern awards. From the first full pay period on or after 1 August 2018, these employees were given...

Betrayed Domestic Violence Victim Sues Police

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The woman whose address was disclosed by a Queensland police officer to her abusive former partner is fighting the state government in court. Domestic violence victim ‘Julie’ commenced legal proceedings after a policeman accessed her personal details on the police...

Defendants in Domestic Violence Cases Prohibited from Questioning Complainants

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
Currently, self-represented litigants in the Family Court are permitted to cross-examine opponents, even in circumstances where there has been an allegation of domestic violence. However, the Turnbull government has drafted laws aimed at stopping this. Australian attorney general Christian Porter...

Thirty Six Women Have Been Violently Killed in Australia This Year

by Paul Gregoire
Last Sunday, two women were killed in acts of violence perpetrated on opposite sides of the country. At around 4 am that morning, NSW police attended a Griffith residence to find 27-year-old Nicole Wetzler dead in a rear shed on the...

The Startling Truth about AVOs and Family Law

Statistics reveal that 1 in 3 Australian women experience physical violence over their lifetime. Family violence is being increasingly recognised as a widespread and serious issue in Australia with significant negative social, individual and community impacts. A powerful weapon against...

12 Reasons to Choose Sydney Criminal Lawyers®

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
Being prosecuted for a criminal or traffic offence can be a nerve-wracking experience. You may be unfamiliar with the process, unsure of the best way forward and concerned about the outcome. But whether you are charged with a less-serious matter...

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

by Zeb Holmes & 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...

Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) Are Now Enforceable Nationwide

by Paul Gregoire & 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...
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