Brad is a Senior Consultant & Editor at By Lawyers, with access to a wealth of information on various important areas of Australian law.
In the below podcast, Brad discusses two major legislative changes specifically relating to Domestic Violence Orders and employment law.
CJ: Hi I’m Claire from LEAP Australia. Last weekend was White Ribbon Night, with thousands of community-based events showing a commitment to reduce violence against women across Australia, so I thought it was topical to speak to Brad Watts, lawyer and Editor at By Lawyers, about the laws relating to Domestic Violence across Australia. Welcome Brad!
BW: Hi Claire and thanks for the opportunity to discuss this really important area.
CJ: A pleasure. So, I understand there have been some significant recent developments in laws relating to domestic violence, across the country?
BW: That’s right. There are two major legislative changes, one relating to domestic violence orders and one relating to employment law.
CJ: Just before I get you to outline those changes, could I clear up the terminology? I have heard a few terms – Domestic Violence Order, Apprehended Violence Order, Restraining Order and Intervention Order. What’s the difference?
BW: So, preventative court orders which prohibit any behaviour are generally called Restraining Orders. There is legislation in all states of Australia which creates a special type of restraining order directed at preventing violent behaviour, both personal violence which might occur between two unrelated people, and domestic violence such as occurs between people in a family or other intimate relationships.
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