Domestic Violence

It can happen to anyone

1 in 3 women in Australia have been a victim of domestic violence

Domestic violence is unacceptable and should not happen. Unfortunately, domestic violence does happen and can happen to anyone and chances are that someone you know is affected by domestic violence.

Domestic and family violence is a creature of many forms. It involves violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour carried out by a partner or family member to control, dominate or instill fear. It doesn’t have to be physical abuse. It can be emotional, psychological, financial, or sexual abuse.

Cycle of violence


Research has uncovered that children exposed to family and domestic violence can affect them in the following ways:

  • ongoing anxiety and depression
  • eating and sleeping disturbances
  • physical symptoms such as headaches and stomach aches
  • trouble forming positive relationships
  • aggressive behaviour with peers
  • difficulties with school attendance and performance
  • difficulties with concetration and attention
For children to develop well, they need a secure and nurturing environment. In a home where there is domestic and family violence it is not safe and secure. 


If you are a victim of family and domestic violence and would like to know about your family law rights and entitlements contact one of the FLNA VIP Family Lawyers to get legal advice specific to your family circumstances.

Katrina Oner examines the importance of section 37(1)(c) of the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 (QLD). This article was published in the Queensland legal magazine Proctor (April 2014 edition).

Oner Family Law