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What Does Domestic Violence Look Like?

Recent research indicates families sweep violence under the carpet According to the Australian Domestic and Family Violence statistics report, one in twenty youths between the age of 12-20, consider throwing things such as plates, regular slapping or punching to be part of ‘normal conflict’ rather than domestic violence. This is a staggering statistic, and at …

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High Court bid over sisters could be game-changer

A HIGH Court of Australia challenge in an international custody dispute could have far-reaching legal consequences if it is successful, a family law expert says. Four sisters, aged between nine and 14, have been trying to avoid a family court order to return to Italy with their father. The girls’ aunt has launched a High …

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Domestic Violence Laws – Deborah Awyzio

The laws relating to domestic violence have been rewritten and the definition of the term has been broadened. The aim is to give more protection to victims, and give police and the court more power when dealing with incidents of this nature. Deborah Awyzio is the President of the Family Law Practitioners’ Association of Queensland.

Campbell Newman on repealing civil partnerships

At the Australian Christian Lobby forum held in the Ashgrove electorate yesterday, LNP Leader Campbell Newman was asked again about the party’s stance on gay marriage and civil union laws. Here’s what Mr Newman said, then Family Law Practitioners Associaton Queensland President Debra Awyzio explains what would be involved in repealing the legislation.