In New South Wales a domestic relationship includes obvious situations such as married and de facto couples. However, it also includes all relatives (including step relatives and in-laws), and ex partners. It even includes people that you live with or have previously lived with.
Previously, NSW Police investigated domestic violence matters much the same as any other reported crime. Statements from alleged victims were either hand written or typed .
NSW Police now use ‘Domestic Violence Evidence Kits’ (DVEK). These kits include video cameras, digital cameras and voice recorders. Amendments to legislation means that Police now use these devices to video record statements from alleged victims. The alleged victim will still need to attend court however that recording can be played as their ‘evidence’ at court. This often provides very compelling evidence.
If you are convicted of any domestic violence offence it is recorded on your criminal record as “dv offence”. A court will also usually make a final apprehended violence order (AVO) against you. An AVO is a court order that restricts or limits your conduct and behaviour in certain ways. There are a wide range of conditions that can be imposed. These orders can be for up to two years duration.
The conditions on an AVO can restrict you from doing certain things like:
An AVO can also prevent you from holding certain licenses such as security or firearms licenses. If you attend court and are asked to consent to an AVO being made you should seek legal advice about the implications of consenting to an AVO.
Breaching an AVO is an extremely serious offence. If the breach involves any form of violence the law states that unless a court orders otherwise the convicted person must be sentenced to imprisonment.
If you are under investigation or have been arrested or charged for a domestic violence offence you should contact us for expert advice immediately. At Marsh Blom Lawyers we are former prosecutors and we have prosecuted countless domestic violence incidents. We know the law, the cases, and the defences to domestic violence charges. Your first consultation is free and we offer fixed fees for most of our services.
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