Domestic Violence in the Spotlight Again With the latest news headlines across Queensland shining yet again on violence in the home, many have been shocked to learn that a young school girl has been murdered in a most devastating case of Domestic Violence. The tragic death of 12 year old Tiahleigh Palmer has prompted those advocating for child protection to call for an urgent overhaul of current legislation. These advocates have highlighted the complications associated with the method that cases of missing foster children are handled in the State of Queensland. Fortunately, for many families, domestic and family violence is receiving the spotlight it deserves in the hope that, with awareness, children and adults will be more safe in their own homes. Safe from violence and abuse. Safe from emotional abuse, verbal abuse, financial abuse and physical abuse. Safe from stalking and harassment. Safe from social abuse, sexual abuse and spiritual abuse. Armstrong Kutz Lawyers are committed to assisting anyone who suffers violent and abusive behaviour and threats. We understand the importance of people evaluating whether their relationships are safe and respectful. Irrespective of whether a person is young or old, or whether the relationship has been short or for a long period, MaryAnn and Jeff assist clients to navigate through the legal process. What is Domestic Violence? Domestic and family violence is a pattern of behaviour. It includes violence or other abusive behaviour by one person against another person or persons in a domestic setting. Domestic violence and behaviour that is emotionally abusive is used as a method of control through fear. This behaviour can also be threats made by one person against another person or persons. Examples of Abuse. Examples of abuse includes, but is not limited to: verbal abuse such as swearing at you, yelling and shouting emotional abuse such as criticising your parenting skills, your personality or your looks financial abuse such as not providing enough money for survival or forcing a person to give up their own financial resources social abuse such as isolation from family and friends and prevention of socialising with those who care harassment and stalking such as constant texts, phone calls and following, cyber-stalking or tracking through GPS or social media sexual abuse deprivation of the necessities of life physical abuse such as pushing, slapping or hitting damaging property so as to cause fear. Examples of Threats Examples of threats include, but are not limited to threats to: harm you or/and your children as well as your relatives, friends, colleagues or pets prevent freedom of movement such as leaving the family home damage personal property so as to scare and intimidate cease taking care of you should you be reliant on such care commit suicide or self harm in order to intimidate and control disclose sexual orientation to others against a person’s wishes. If you have been suffered from domestic violence, do not hesitate to contact Armstrong Kutz Lawyers. We are here for you. We are 24/7 solicitors.