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What does the law say about domestic violence

Criteria that must be met for a protection order to be made? Pursuant to Section 37 of the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 (“the Act”) a court may make a protection order if the court is satisfied that: A relevant relationship exists between the aggrieved and the respondent;...

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What does emotional abuse look like?

You’ve likely heard the terms ‘emotional abuse’, ‘coercive control’ and ‘psychological violence’. We hear these sayings all too frequently in the news, usually associated with a domestic violence-related murder. But what do these terms actually mean? What behaviour constitutes ‘emotional/psychological violence’ and ‘coercive control’? How can we identify whether we’re...

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The Styles of Mediation

Lisa Foley and Deborah Awyzio presented for TV Education Network, a portal for Continuing Professional Development (CPD)  on 25 November 2020. The webinar was recorded and on the topic of preparing for mediation with practical tips and resources to maximise the chance of reaching a settlement. Deborah spoke of the...

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Is Coercive Control illegal in Australia?

  Coercive Control has been described as a form of intimate terrorism, but is it illegal in Australia? What is Coercive Control? Coercive control is the term given to a series of behaviours abusers use to dominate, manipulate and micro-manage every aspect of their victim’s life. Behaviours may include restricting...

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Domestic Violence: Stay of proceedings for abuse of process

Does the Magistrates Court have the power to grant a permanent stay of proceedings due to an abuse of process? In a recent appeal to a decision made by the Southport Magistrates Court, the District Court of Queensland discussed whether Magistrates Courts have the power to stay applications made under...

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