Shining a Light on Domestic Violence – What about the Children?
Domestic Violence – What about the children?
Violence between spouses or partners is often referred to as “domestic violence” or “family violence”. The term “family violence” aptly defines violence that occurs between spouses or partners when there are children living in the home. The violence that occurs not only effects and damages the victim, it also effects the children.
Often parents want to believe that they are able to protect their children by making efforts to prevent them from directly witnessing or hearing the violence, however children pick up on more than we think.
Family violence often causes the whole household to feel like they are “walking on eggshells” because of the uncertainty, tension and fear. You and your children have the right to live in safe environment that is free from all forms of violence, whether it be in the form of physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse.
A common fear our clients have is that in order to get away from their abusive spouse or partner, they believe they will have to move out of the family home. This fear is heightened in circumstances where the victim is a parent who needs to ensure their child’s safety as well as their own.
We can assist you in obtaining Orders from the Family Court which will allow you to stay in the family home with your children until you are able to make other arrangements to ensure you are safe. Call us at Adrianne McLean, Barrister on 09 869 2097, we are here to help.