Domestic Violence

Julia Jasper and Rebecca Fogerty provide pragmatic, non-judgmental and emotionally intelligent advice and representation in all areas of domestic violence law. We act for all parties and in both privately made and police applications and where there may be interrelated family or criminal law proceedings.

We appreciate the enormous stresses experienced by clients who are involved in domestic violence proceedings. Where possible, we try to make use of non-adversarial processes to resolve domestic violence proceedings without the stress and costs of a trial.

In 2015, the Queensland government accepted all 121 government-directed recommendations of the Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland report. In the two years since, there has been significant changes to domestic violence laws, including the establishment of specialist domestic violence courts in Southport and other Queensland areas.

As Queensland Law Society Criminal Law Accredited Specialists, Julia Jasper and Rebecca Fogerty are at the forefront of this increasingly complex area of law. Due to our proven advocacy and trial experience, we often receive referrals from family lawyers to manage associated domestic violence proceedings. In 2017, 2018 and 2019 Rebecca presented to early career lawyers at the Queensland Law Society on the topic of domestic violence applications.

Our experience includes:

  • Successful trial advocacy for both respondents and aggrieved parties to an application;
  • Acting on behalf of a family member to vary a Domestic Violence Order to enable contact to resume with the son, who was the respondent;
  • Assisting clients to amicably resolve the Domestic Violence proceedings via mediation or negotiated agreements;
  • Reviewing and preparing applications and drafting affidavits, draft orders and non-binding undertakings;
  • Liaising with the police and prosecution where there are allegations of a criminal offence;
  • Appearing on behalf of respondents who have breached a Domestic Violence Order

We work with a range of service providers to ensure that your Domestic Violence matter is handled sensitively and appropriately. For general support services, we also recommend:

  • DVConnect Womensline - 1800 811 811 (24 hours, 7 days a week)
  • DVConnect Mensline - 1800 600 636 (9am to 12 midnight, 7 days a week)
  • Sexual Assault Helpline - 1800 010 120 (7.30am to 11.30pm, 7 days a week)
  • Elder Abuse Helpline - 1300 651 192 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)