Family Violence

Need to Know


  • Our priority is to protect our clients and their children from the devastating impacts of domestic and family violence.
  • Domestic violence is the physical, sexual, emotional/psychological and economic abuse by one person to another in an intimate, family or informal care relationship.
  • A protection order imposes conditions on the person perpetrating the abuse to protect the other person from further acts of family violence.
  • Children or associates can be named in the protection order to protect them as well.
  • Protection orders can be temporary or long term.
  • If you have been named as the respondent in a protection order you should seek immediate legal advice.

Protecting vulnerable people

As experts in family law, our role is to help protect, reduce and prevent family violence by holding people who commit these acts to account. We also support those who are affected by claims made against them.

Domestic violence isn’t restricted to any age, gender, relationship or economic status. It can affect couples (married, de facto, separated or divorced), family members or people in informal care relationships – where one person is dependent on another person for their wellbeing.

Sadly, family law and family violence are areas that often meet.

If you are in immediate danger, call the Queensland Police Service on 000.

For non-life-threatening situations, call Policelink on 131 444.

https://www.police.qld.gov.au/units/policelink-131-444

We also encourage affected parties to link-in with the following services:

http://www.dvconnect.org/

http://www.domesticviolence.com.au/

https://www.1800respect.org.au/

https://mensline.org.au/

https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Domestic violence protection orders

A Protection Order prohibits a person from committing acts of domestic violence where a Court deems it necessary to protect another person. Conditions attached may prevent the perpetrator (or any associate) contacting or approaching the protected person or any other named person. They are usually in effect for five years and have penalties (including prison) for breaching conditions.

Applying for a protection order

Protection Order applications are usually made through your local police station to the Magistrates Court.

If the police are unable to assist with the Application process, we can advise you on how you can apply for a protection order for yourself. If you need help taking the first step, please contact our expert team for a confidential discussion today.

Responding to a protection order

If you have been named as a respondent to an application for a protection order, you should not ignore it.  You must attend Court on the date advised and either agree to the terms or oppose the application. If you don’t attend, a protection order can be made in your absence.

The consequences of a family violence protection order can impact many aspects of your life. For example, communicating with your ex-partner may breach the terms of the protection order. It’s important to seek immediate legal advice if you are named in a protection order. Our team can support you to work through these matters and deal with your former partner on your behalf.  

We are here to help

We understand that dealing with issues around domestic and family violence is difficult. Our experienced family lawyers are here to help.  

Speak to an experienced Gold Coast family lawyer today.  Book a free 60 minute initial consultation with Quinn Family Law.

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