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Break the Cycle - Provides Help to Domestic Violence Sufferers 2017-06-27 06:53:43 is an online resource created by Watts McCray, family law specialists. The resource addresses the needs of those who seek information on how to apply for a divorce without any stress and wish to receive advice from a family lawyer. This month it focuses on the legal needs of those who are suffering from domestic violence.

Home is usually a place where each person feels safe and secure. However, there are many homes which are found to be unsafe and insecure for a person due to domestic violence that threatens their safety. Australian law has made provisions and put mechanisms in place with the aim of protecting the personal safety of the endangered person who may be a spouse, partner or child.

According to the Commonwealth Family Law Act, 1975 the definition of ‘family violence’ is ‘violent, threatening or other behaviour by a person that coerces or controls a member of the person's family, or causes the family member to be fearful’. This behaviour includes verbal abuse, threats, physical harm or assault, sexual harassment, intimidation, withholding financial support and preventing contact with friends and family.

Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety in its Violence Against Women in Australia Report noted that one in four women have experienced at least one incident of violence by an intimate partner they may or may not have been living with. The "One in Three" Campaign, a group of diverse advocates who raise awareness of male victims of domestic violence stated that one in three victims of family violence are male.

A person who suffers from domestic violence can approach experienced lawyers to arrange an Apprehended Violence Order and get help in negotiating parenting orders and other settlements if a matter goes to Court. These measures are important to protect the sufferer and their children and their rights.

The lawyers at Watts McCray are experienced in domestic violence law. They organise AVOs for the sufferers of domestic violence and explain to them about how domestic violence cases are handled in court, so that they can handle the divorce proceedings and meet family law considerations.

Watts McCray has over 40 years of experience in the field of family law, with expertise in relationship property matters and care of children. For all cases including complex divorce cases – ones that involve trusts, businesses or properties – Watts McCray are skilled negotiators who can resolve issues in and out of court. The team has sound knowledge and experience in collaborative law and other alternative dispute resolution methods. The firm also specialises in commercial, corporate, property and estate law. Their large team of family law experts is available nationally and internationally.

For online resources on divorce managed by Watts McCray:

For information related to domestic violence cases, visit this link

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