Lawyers Alison and Jillian Barrett comment in the Brisbane Times (15.4.16) on the legal avenues open to victims of domestic violence, as a national legal body highlights the incidence of domestic violence in cases before family law courts.
‘You might not need to read this column but the statistics show that you know someone who does. Family and domestic violence occurs at disturbing rates across Australia. On average one woman is killed by her partner every week.
‘In Queensland in the past three weeks, five women have allegedly died at the hands of their partner or a family member and there are more than 180 incidents of domestic and family violence reported every day across our state.
‘Alarmingly, these statistics may be much higher as victims are often too scared to make a report. But do you know how the law can protect you or your loved ones?’