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What is family violence or domestic violence?

Family violence is any physical violence, threats, emotional and psychological abuse and includes damaging property. Violent behaviour is unlawful and in addition to protections and the family law, there may be protections given under the criminal regime.

If you are subject to, or a party to family violence, call the police – 000.

The police have the power to arrest the offender and search for and remove weapons.  If the offender has a gun (or owns a gun), the police may remove it. The offender may be charged with a criminal offence and the police may apply for an apprehended domestic violence order on your behalf.
If the police do not make an application for a court order, you may approach the duty magistrate or the registrar at your Local Court to assist you in making an application.

As an adult, you may apply for an order that protects you and/or your children from family violence. The first instance should be the Domestic Violence Liaison Officer at your local police station.

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