Domestic Violence Lawyer Sydney

Our discreet, compassionate domestic violence lawyers will treat your case with the care and sensitivity it deserves

Cases involving domestic violence are both legally complex and personally devastating. When dealing with a domestic violence case in NSW, you need a dedicated, compassionate and supportive team of experts on your side. 

With a 97% success rate across over 1,500 cases, our criminal lawyers provide unmatched results and excellent care for all our clients. From working with survivors to overturning falsified domestic violence charges, handling apprehended violence orders (AVOs) and more, we work hard to ensure our clients receive the fairest outcome for their cases. 

We know how stressful, confusing and emotionally fraught the legal process can be. Our team provides clear communication, reliable support and the best possible strategies to take the weight off your shoulders.

At Green & Associates, we believe everyone deserves to have their voice heard. With passion, dedication and unmatched care, we’re the domestic violence lawyer Sydney locals trust with their cases. Get in touch with our team and book a consultation with our discreet criminal lawyers today.

Our domestic violence lawyers are here to help. Get the support you need with Green & Associates.

When looking for representation in Sydney, you need a domestic violence lawyer who understands how complex, nuanced and personally challenging the legal process can be. 

With over 40 years of combined experience across a range of diverse criminal areas, our team will handle your case with expert care and effective strategies. 

Having worked across a range of intricate, sensitive domestic violence cases, we know how to navigate complex cases, negotiate plea deals, enforce AVOs and more. 

Whatever your case, get the support you deserve with Green & Associates.

Get in touch with our team if you need a domestic violence lawyer in the following areas:

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We’re the domestic violence lawyer Sydney residents rely on for sensitivity, discretion and compassion throughout the process. Contact us today.

Understanding domestic violence laws in Australia

Cases involving domestic violence involve some of the most complicated and nuanced areas of NSW law. When handling a case involving domestic violence, it’s important to understand how this offence is classified under NSW law.

How is domestic violence defined by NSW law?

Unlike other states, New South Wales legislation does not provide a specific definition for domestic violence. However, Australian law defines domestic violence as physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse perpetrated by someone who has a domestic relationship with the victim. This includes behaviour that is classed as intimidating, threatening, dominating, controlling and stalking.

Intimidation and stalking are defined as follows under the Crimes Domestic and Personal Violence Act 2007:

While domestic violence is most commonly associated with physical abuse, it’s important to emphasise that a person can be charged with domestic violence for psychological, financial and sexual abuse as well.

Psychological abuse can include emotional abuse and verbal abuse. Examples of psychological abuse include:

Financial abuse is one of the most underreported forms of domestic violence in relationships and is often overlooked by domestic partners. Examples of financial abuse include:

Sexual abuse in a domestic relationship is a form of domestic violence. Examples of sexual abuse include:

For more information about NSW domestic violence laws, get in touch with a DV lawyer from our team today.

What is classed as a domestic relationship under NSW law?

Domestic violence is violence that occurs within a domestic relationship. Examples of a domestic relationship include the following current or former relationships:

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FAQs about domestic violence in NSW

Family violence refers to violence between family members. While domestic violence refers to violence between intimate partners, family violence specifically refers to violence committed against a family member by another family member. 

Family violence can be committed between siblings, parents and children, relatives and current or former partners. 

These terms are often used interchangeably as they encompass the same forms of abuse. However, the relationship between the victim and the perpetrator is used to distinguish between the two terms. 

For more information about family violence and domestic violence, contact our team.

An apprehended violence order (AVO) is a court order that can be applied for by anyone who has experienced physical assault, threats, stalking, harassment or intimidation by a specific individual. It states that the recipient of the AVO (known as the defendant) must cease this behaviour and follow the specified guidelines, with the goal of protecting the victim before, after and/or during the proceedings. 

There are two types of AVOs. 

  1. Apprehended domestic violence order (ADVO)
  2. Apprehended personal violence order (APVO)

ADVOs can be made by the court in situations where an individual has accused the defendant of domestic violence. 

The defendant can consent to the AVO, but consenting to an AVO is not an admission of guilt. This means that the defendant can agree to an AVO without admitting prior wrongdoing or validating the accuracy of any charges made against them. 

The matter will be taken to court if the defendant does not consent to an ADVO. The ADVO will be approved if there is evidence showing that the accuser’s fear for their safety is reasonable under the circumstances they have outlined, or if the defendant does not appear in court. 

Breaching an ADVO is considered a domestic violence offence. AVOs typically last for two years, but can be made to last for an unlimited period depending on the circumstances.

Yes. The defendant can refuse to consent to an AVO being taken out against them. If this happens, the matter will be taken before the court for a hearing. 

The court will hear written statements from both the accuser and the defendant. If there is suitable evidence that the accuser’s concerns for their safety are reasonable, the AVO will be granted. Additional evidence may be allowed at the hearing from the prosecution or the defence depending on the circumstances of the case. 

An interim AVO may be taken out against the defendant to protect the accused until the hearing takes place.

Under the Fair Work Act 2009, all full-time, part-time and casual employees in Australia are entitled to receive five days of unpaid leave in situations where family violence or domestic violence occurs. This was introduced as part of the updated National Employment Standards of Australia in 2018. 

Paid or unpaid family and domestic violence leave will sometimes be included in the contract of your employer, though the amount of days can vary. If your workplace provides less than the standard national entitlement for family and domestic violence leave, the standard five-day entitlement is still upheld. 

For more information about family and domestic violence leave, get in touch with our team today.

No. Many domestic violence cases will not go to trial for reasons including early negotiations between the defence and the prosecution, or the withdrawal of charges by the prosecution. Charges may be withdrawn due to a lack of strong evidence or the perceived difficulty of achieving a conviction.

Yes. It is common for defendants to plead not guilty to domestic violence charges if they have been falsely accused or if they believe the charges made against them have been exaggerated. 

Domestic violence is a serious offence that can have long-term consequences including jail time and a criminal record. Having a criminal record can affect your employability and preclude you from occupations requiring a Working With Children Check (WWCC). It’s important to dispute unfair, inaccurate or falsified domestic violence charges with an expert DV lawyer on your team.

At Green & Associates, we believe everyone deserves a fair trial. If you need representation in Sydney, get in touch with our dedicated criminal lawyers today.

The penalties for domestic violence charges vary depending on the strength of the evidence, the nature of the offence and the extremity of the offence. 

If found guilty, one of the following types of sentences will be imposed on the defendant: 

  • Full-time jail
  • An Intensive Correction Order
  • A Community Correction Order
  • A Conditional Release Order 

Intensive Correction Orders, Community Correction Orders and Conditional Release Orders all require supervision, which is generally undertaken by a community corrections officer. 

In some cases, the defendant can be found guilty of a domestic violence offence and receive a non-conviction sentence. This stops the defendant from receiving a criminal record for the offence.

With a 97% success rate across over 1,500 cases, we’re the DV lawyer you need on your team. Get in touch today.

Everyone deserves legal care they can rely on. If you need legal representation for a domestic violence case in Sydney, we’re here to help. With over 40 years of combined experience, our dedicated team will give you the support you need throughout the process. Get the representation you deserve with Green & Associates — contact us today.