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Family Violence and AVOs

At Kells, we specialise in dealing with protection from harassment and domestic violence in a sensitive and considerate manner.


What is domestic violence?

Whilst domestic violence is commonly associated to physical violence between family members in a domestic relationship, domestic violence can take many other forms where one person tries to dominate and control another person via the use of:

  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional or psychological abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Stalking and intimidation
  • Social and geographic isolation
  • Financial abuse
  • Cruelty to pets
  • Damage to property
  • Threats to be violent in any of the above ways.

How is my family matter treated differently if there’s been domestic violence?

Our specialist family lawyers have a thorough understanding of how to assist and advise clients who have been subjected to violence in their family law relationships. Our team of solicitors will assist in screening and identifying risk as well as implementing safety plans where necessary.

The involvement of family violence in family law matters will have a bearing on what might be appropriate for the future care arrangements for children of a relationship and may even have a bearing on property settlement if there have been circumstances of financial abuse.

Can I see my children if I have an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO)? 

Whether you can see your children because of an AVO will depend on the terms of the individual AVO that has been issued to you and whether care arrangements can be negotiated and the children protected from harm or risk of harm.

Our family law team can help you navigate through your family law matter where there are aspects of family violence including where there is an AVO on one party.

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