Family Violence

Family Violence

Family violence seems to be the trending subject in the Media, sadly for all the wrong reasons.

In 2008 the Family Violence Protection Act (‘the Act’) came into effect. The Act’s Preamble reads as follows:

“(a) that non-violence is a fundamental social value that must be promoted; (b) that family violence is a fundamental violation of human rights and is unacceptable in any form; (c) that family violence is not acceptable in any community or culture; (d) that, in responding to family violence and promoting the safety of persons who have experienced family violence, the justice system should treat the views of victims of family violence with respect.”

But, what is Family Violence exactly?

That Act, sets out that family violence is not just physical or sexually abusive behavior by a person towards a family member. It is also emotionally or psychologically abusive; or economically abuse; or  threatening or coercive behaviour  that makes a family member feel fear for their safety or wellbeing and includes behaviour by a person that causes a child to hear or witness, or otherwise be exposed such behaviour.

There were 65,393 family incidents reported to Victoria Police in 2013-2014, an increase of 83% since 2009-2010.

Whilst it is unfortunate that the statistics show an increase in family violence, it’s important to nevertheless take a stand and speak out about and against family violence.

One way to do so is to obtain an Intervention Order. To stop the person perpetrating family violence from doing so.

At Costanzo Lawyers, we CARE about ensuring that if you are a victim of family violence, your matter is dealt with care, compassionately, professionally and time effectively, therefore reducing the stress and anxiety of court attendances.

Our Family Law team has many years’ experience in such matters and will be able to ensure that your rights and those of others in the family unit, generally children, are protected by adequate Intervention Orders.


Please contact our office for an initial NO CHARGE consultation with our Principal Lawyer, Mr Frank Costanzo.

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