Professional Services To Help You Make A Safe And Clean Break From A Domestic Violence Relationship
Separating from a spouse or long-term partner is never an easy thing to do. If you've suffered from domestic violence at the hands of your partner, then leaving can be even more traumatic, particularly if you have children. The period following separation from a violent partner is often the time for women who have been abused. Tragically, many women suffer further violent attacks or are killed at this time.
If you've found the strength to leave your violent spouse you may be very concerned about your safety, the safety of your children, and your partner's threats to have your children taken away from you. Fortunately, there are professionals available who can help you to navigate the physical and emotional minefield that follows leaving a domestic violence situation.
Family and Divorce lawyers
Seeking legal advice from a family lawyer who understands domestic violence laws is a vital initial step. They can help you take out an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) against your former partner. An ADVO prevents them from abusing, contacting, stalking or threatening you in any way. The order can also include your children if you believe they could be in danger.
Recent shake-ups to domestic violence laws in Australia mean that breaching an ADVO will result in arrest, prosecution and potentially a jail term for your former partner, particularly if it isn't the first breach. A family lawyer can also help you with divorce proceedings and achieve an outcome that provides you with an outcome that increases the safety of you and your children.
Domestic violence support services
Along with the relief at having left a violent partner, there often comes a great deal of fear and anxiety. Your fears may be about your safety, where you will live, and how you will manage financially. Domestic violence support services can provide you with information, practical advice, emotional counseling and physical support during this stressful time.
They can help you find accommodation in a domestic violence shelter, help you to access financial assistance from government departments, and help you to access legal information and assistance. Sadly, many women return to violent partners soon after separation because they lack support. Domestic violence support services can help you to get out and stay out of a violent and dangerous situation.
The very nature of domestic violence may have left you feeling worthless and your ex-partner may have convinced you that leaving would mean financial ruin and the removal of your children from your custody. Fortunately, with the right support from professional advocates, you will be able to move forward with a life free from fear, violence and abuse.