What is a Domestic Offence?

What is a Domestic Offence?

Domestic violence is a severe actionable offence within Australia impacting Australian families and the community. In NSW, domestic violence heavily reported how complex domestic crimes could be, leading to under-reporting. Most likely due to a misunderstanding of a crime and the lengthy legal process for conviction. When a defendant is charged with domestic violence, contact a Domestic Violence Lawyer at Crawford & Duncan as soon as possible. And with their help you get the best possible advice and prevent any recurrences.

In NSW during January 2019 - December 2020, there was a significant increase in three behaviours:

  • Sexual assault (increased by 15.6%)
  • Intimidation, stalking and harassment (increased by 10.0%)
  • Breach Apprehended Violence Order (increased by 11.2%)

More so, there has been an increase in reported domestic violence behaviours between January 2016 - December 2020

  • Domestic violence-related assault (increased by 2.4%)
  • Sexual assault (increased by 7.2%)
  • Indecent assault, an act of indecency and other sexual offences (increased by 8.9%)
  • Intimidation, stalking and harassment (increased by 7.3)
  • Malicious damage to property (increased by 2.7)
  • Breach Apprehended Violence Order (increased by 7.2%)

Statistics supplied by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

Therefore, it is wise to be aware of the weight and depth of the penalties surrounding these charges. Speak to a Domestic Violence Lawyer at Crawford & Duncan Lawyers today.

What is a Domestic Offence?

To be convicted of a ‘domestic violence offence’, you must have acted in the offence to the person or persons you have a ‘domestic relationship’ with. Examples of charges involved:

  • Physical assault or attempted assault
  • Stalking, intimating or harassment
  • Destruction or damage their property (or threaten to do this)
  • Unwanted sex or sexual acts
  • Verbal threats
  • Breach of ADVOs (Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders) they have against you

Charged with Domestic Violence, What To Do Next?

If the police charge you with a domestic violence offence, you will need to contact us and gain legal advice and representation as soon as possible. Subsequently, we will represent you with the appropriate support during this process. 

To find out more on what to expect after being charged with domestic violence, we recommend either getting in contact with us or visiting Legal Aid NSW to read an overview of what to expect.

 If you are looking for a lawyer to represent you within the Sydney region, contact Crawford and Ducan via email or call our 24-hour phone number (02) 9844 5416. 

Get the right advice from one of our experienced domestic violence solicitors at our Parramatta firm to provide you with professional legal representation and advice.

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