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Family Violence

All citizens, including children, have the right to live free from threatened and actual physical; emotional or financial abuse and control. Unfortunately, family violence can take place in any household and it can happen to anyone. When an individual is faced with any type of violence there are many support options and avenues, including legal options that can assist. Our experienced family law team can lead you in the right direction, if you or someone in your family, has experienced family violence.

Violence Involving Children

Acts of violence involving a child can be experienced through direct encounters known as child abuse, or they can be seen or heard by the child. The best interests of the child contemplate the need to protect children from violence, abuse and neglect. If you know or suspect that a child is at risk you should contact a family lawyer at Turner Freeman and obtain advice on the most appropriate way to protect the child. Our family law team is experienced in providing confidential advice and assistance, and is able to put you in touch with a range of services that can assist you and your family in times of need.

Witnessing and hearing violence can be just as damaging for children. If you or your children are experiencing abuse at home it is essential that you seek support.

FAQ

What are common acts of Family Violence?

What are common acts of Family Violence?

  • An assault, sexual assault or other sexually abusive behaviour;
  • Stalking;
  • Repeated derogatory taunts;
  • Intentionally damaging or destroying property;
  • Intentionally causing death or injury to an animal;
  • Unreasonably denying the family member the financial autonomy that he or she would otherwise have had;
  • Unreasonably withholding financial support needed to meet the reasonable living expenses of the family member, or his or her child, at a time when the family member is entirely or predominantly dependent on the person for financial support;
  • Preventing the family member from making or keeping connections with his or her family, friends or culture; or
  • Unlawfully depriving the family member, or any member of the family member’s family, of his or her liberty.

What type of family violence can a child be exposed to?

What type of family violence can a child be exposed to?

A child is exposed to family violence if the child sees or hears family violence or otherwise experiences the effects of family violence by:

  • Overhearing threats of death or personal injury by a member of the child’s family towards another member of the child’s family; or
  • Seeing or hearing an assault of a member of the child’s family by another member of the child’s family; or
  • Comforting or providing assistance to a member of the child’s family who has been assaulted by another member of the child’s family; or
  • Cleaning up a site after a member of the child’s family has intentionally damaged property of another member of the child’s family; or

Being present when police or ambulance officers attend an incident involving the assault of a member of the child’s family by another member of the child’s family.

Useful Contacts

Useful Contacts

The Domestic Violence Hotline provides telephone counselling, information and referrals for people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence.
Number: 1800 656 463 

FaCS Child Protection Hotline can be used to report suspected child abuse or neglect.
Number: 132 111
Website: www.community.nsw.gov.au

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