Assault within relationships and families happens all too often. If you are involved in a relationship where there has been an instance of domestic violence, or a pattern of domestic violence, you need a domestic violence lawyer. At Boyce Family Law & Mediation, our team handles sensitive domestic violence cases every day. We can offer you a broad range of family law services, including advice around separation, child custody negotiations, and property disputes.

What is domestic violence?

To understand what domestic violence is, you need a basic understanding of assault. An assault occurs when someone applies force to you or causes you to fear the threat of force. Domestic violence laws in Sydney are incredibly complex, as they cover physical, psychological, and emotional violence.

Violence becomes a domestic issue when it occurs within a relationship. Additionally, it is a domestic issue if it arises between family members. For example, if an adult child uses violence or threats towards an elderly relative, their case may fall within the remit of domestic violence laws.

What does a domestic violence lawyer do?

As domestic violence lawyers in Sydney, we can represent those who are victims of domestic violence and those who have been accused of it. We can help you with the following:

  • Creating accurate reports for the police. Ensuring accuracy from the start strengthens your case.
  • Advising you about what will happen when you make a domestic violence accusation and guiding you through the proceedings that follow.
  • Advising you when someone accuses you of domestic violence and the proceedings that follow.
  • Taking out an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) to request that the accused ceases their actions. This can include asking them to stop contacting you.
  • Managing situations where domestic violence has affected your children.

As domestic violence lawyers, we always act with understanding and discretion. Our aim is to keep you safe and to protect your legal rights while proceedings are underway.

Understanding violent actions

Many people believe that domestic violence has only occurred when there is a physical assault. However, it also covers the following:

  • Threats of violence
  • Stalking
  • Preventing you from contacting loved ones
  • Persistent derogatory taunts and words
  • Monitoring your social media, email, and phone use
  • Controlling your finances
  • Destroying your property

As domestic violence always has the potential to escalate, we recommend seeking legal advice if you are in doubt about your current situation. Our team is here to support you and we can help you find other supportive services, such as counsellors.

To make an appointment with one of our domestic violence lawyers call 02 9223 3099 (8.30am to 5.30pm weekdays) or email us at