Domestic Violence Lawyer Brisbane, Cairns and Mackay



Domestic violence charges can ruin your life. Speak to Queensland's most awarded criminal law firm and get the help you need today.

Being accused of domestic violence or having someone apply for a domestic violence order (DVO) against you is not to be taken lightly. You should seek the help of an experienced domestic violence lawyer immediately if you are served with a Police Protection Notice (PPN).

Don't risk your freedom by engaging the wrong lawyer. 

If you're facing domestic violence charges, a DVO breach, or someone has made a domestic violence order against you, you need a leading criminal defence lawyer to stand by your side. 

Fisher Dore Lawyers is an award-winning firm that wins cases for clients every day of the week. When your freedom could be at risk, our experienced domestic violence lawyers are the only choice. Submit your confidential enquiry to arrange a case review.

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What is domestic violence?

Under the DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE PROTECTION ACT 2012, domestic violence is classified as the behaviour of one person toward another they are in a relevant relationship with that is physically, sexually, emotionally, psychologically, economically, or behaviorally abusive, threatening or coercive.

What is a relevant relationship?

In Queensland, a relevant relationship is when the parties involved are:

  • Married or in a registered relationship.
  • In an intimate personal relationship, regardless of whether they are of the same or different sex.
  • Related by family, such as parent and child or siblings.
  • Living together in the same household.
  • Engaged in a care relationship, such as a carer or a person with a disability.
  • Sharing parental responsibility for a child.

What should I do if I’m accused of domestic violence?

If you have been accused of domestic violence, this is not something to take lightly. Domestic violence matters can be incredibly damaging and are taken seriously by the courts. 

Contact us for legal representation from our Cairns, Mackay and Brisbane domestic violence lawyers. We will fight for you harder than any other lawyer. At Fisher Dore, we will go above and beyond to resolve any unwanted domestic violence claims.

What is a domestic violence order (DVO)?

A domestic violence protection order or domestic violence order is a court-issued legal document to protect domestic violence victims. Domestic violence orders outline conditions for the person who committed domestic violence, which can include:

  • Prohibiting the person committing the domestic violence from contacting or approaching the victim or their family members
  • Preventing the person from entering the victim's home or workplace
  • Requiring the person to surrender any weapons they may possess
  • Prohibiting the person from consuming alcohol or drugs
  • Requiring the person to attend counselling or anger management courses
  • Prohibiting the person from damaging the victim's property or threatening the victim in any way

What happens when a DVO is breached?

While being issued a domestic violence order is not a criminal offence, breaching one is. 

If a person breaches one or more of the conditions of their DVO, it is taken extremely seriously regardless of whether the order is temporary or final. If a person breaches their domestic violence order, the maximum penalty is three years imprisonment or five years imprisonment if you have previously breached the order. The Courts are continuously treating domestic violence offences more and more seriously. Even breaches that do not involve actual violence can attract significant penalties.

What should I do if I’m given a DVO?

If you have been issued with a domestic violence order it is in your best interests to seek legal help immediately. 

Our domestic violence lawyers in Cairns, Brisbane and Mackay will go above and beyond to defend you and protect your reputation.

There is a reason why we are Queensland's leading DVO and domestic violence lawyers

  • Over 100 years of combined experience
  • Accredited criminal law and personal injury specialists
  • Our criminal lawyers appear in more courts than anyone else
  • We cover more of Queensland than anyone else
  • We win more appeals than anyone else
  • At every step, we go above and beyond
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Why choose us to represent you for your domestic violence charges?

We'll contact you within 2 business hours when you submit your enquiry. We know you want to get on top of your matter ASAP, so we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

You'll speak directly with the senior lawyer or partner who will manage your case. We know how important it is to deal with someone who has experience and results.

We're Queensland's most awarded criminal law firm. We know you want the best results, why settle for less? We're Queensland's most qualified and highly awarded criminal law team so you can rest assured you'll get the best possible outcome.

“Thanks again…for going above and beyond what I could have ever imagined. I am so grateful I can now get on the right track and move forward with my life.”

“Strongly recommend if you would like the best chance at freedom.”

“Thank you for fighting for me and for doing such a great job. Please pass on my gratitude to the team.”

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