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If you, a family member or someone you know is experiencing family or domestic violence, help is available. Pearson Lawyers are highly experienced and compassionate Family and Domestic Violence Lawyers Melbourne, who always prioritise the best interests of their clients. Domestic violence can have a devastating effect on everyone involved and can take many forms. Family violence constitutes any type of violence that occurs between people in a family unit, intimate partnership or dependant care relationship. It is also commonly interchangeable with the term domestic violence.

“The thing about having over 35 years of experience in Family Law is that you do not panic. In a crisis you stay calm and remain courageous so that you do not lose focus on what is important, namely the clients’ needs.” – Leanne Abela (Principal Director)

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Domestic Violence, Family Court Proceedings and Parenting Plans

If you are currently facing Family Law proceedings, and there are also intervention orders or family violence charges to navigate, matters can become more complicated for victims and respondents. When children are involved, and a parent has committed family violence or requires protection from another person in the family, it’s essential to speak to an experienced lawyer. Getting the right advice before attending court can make a world of difference to the outcomes of parenting and court orders.

Dividing assets, leaving the family home or deciding what to do with property, and the best interests of your child, or children, is generally difficult at the best of times. If one party has safety concerns, or there are intervention orders in place, a lawyer with a solid working knowledge of family law and family violence will protect your needs and rights. Please speak to our team today if you have an upcoming court case or require immediate help navigating property or parenting matters.

We are well-equipped to handle any family violence matters you may be facing, and here to support you with your upcoming matters.

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Professional. Helpful and very easy to deal with.
Luisa Modesti
Luisa M.
21:26 15 Feb 24
I was recommended to go to Pearsons Lawyers and speak to Leanne Abela about my family law matter. I was told that Leanne and her team will win your case! From my initial meeting to my very last court hearing Pearson’s Lawyers have provided exceptional professionalism and the highest level of compassion during one of the most challenging times in my life. Louis Horsley was appointed my solicitor and his expertise, knowledge and genuine care for me and my two young boys was unbelievable. We had a complex legal case and nothing thrown his way was left defeated. Louis is extremely committed he ensured I got the best outcome and kept me grounded and focused through the whole process. To come away with the win was an unbelievable feeling and to be able to trust a team of people who were fighting my battle with me, was truly remarkable! Thank you Louis, Kenny, Karen, Christine, and Leanne! You are amazing people to do the work you do and deal with the stress of your clients with such respect and grace! I am forever grateful! Louis you are an absolute legend and I wish you all the success in your career, you are amazing!
Dahnielle Fox
Dahnielle F.
12:16 06 Feb 24
I dealt with a difficult case where goal posts changed and an inconsistent and nasty approach from the other side dragged proceedings on for a long time. Kenny with great support from Joe lead me through the details and assured me of the process. Amanda was great closing out with a completely unexpected win for my children and I.The team at Glenroy as a whole is warm, welcoming, supportive and professional, I wasn't mislead in any way and prepped well for whatever situation we were facing, I applaud the team as they really do go along the journey with you.I hope anyone reading this doesn't face the same as I did but if you're looking for a good all round professional and experienced team, look no further than Pearson's Glenroy. Stay patient and listen to their advise.Thanks to Kenny, Joe, Amanda, Loriene, Jayne, Christine, Sam, Andrew, Venus and anyone else remotely associated with my case, life changing and appreciated.Regards,Nick E
Nicholas Eilers
Nicholas E.
00:04 07 Sep 23
Venus PhamI uldlike to express my most sincere thanks for the most professional representation. You have stuck by me through thos months in dealing with this very stressful case. I admire your composure, work ethic and most of all excellent representation, and I know that you will be on my side until the very end. And thanks Leanne for her unforgettable support.❤️
Edivania De Oliveira
Edivania De O.
23:50 26 Jul 23
I met with Jacqui Spry. She was the most down to earth and up front person I’ve ever come across. She never gave up on me. Jacqui always let me know what was happening and what could happen along the way. She kept the fees down as much as she could under the circumstances. It was the most traumatic time I’ve ever had in my whole life (a horrible domestic violence situation), although she helped me keep it together. She helped me to do what I thought was the undoable. Jacqui was fantastic and I’m so glad I had her to represent me. 😊
Leanne Beattie
Leanne B.
06:39 27 Jun 23
Thank you to Leanne and Louis and the team at Pearsons (Glenroy). The Pearsons team secured a great result for me and I am very grateful for their assistance and professionalism throughout our engagement. Thanks again
Iman G
Iman G
11:31 26 Apr 23
Very informative
Dobbie Porter
Dobbie P.
11:25 18 Apr 23
Exceptional service, guidance and professionalism. Highly recommended
meagan evans
meagan E.
05:37 06 Feb 23
Leanne, Anne and Deborah have been remarkable! These professional women are transparent, honest, hardworking and most importantly they remain child focused at all times without a doubt. They have gone well above and beyond expectations and they are respectful, understanding and empathetic. They were recommended to me by a highly regarded criminal Lawyer as being extremely well respected Lawyers within the Family Court system - this is accurate on every level as they have conducted themselves with professionalism. Anne, Deborah and Leanne are extremely knowledgable, most certainly ethical and absolutely fearless!I have experienced first hand that practising Family Law is not simply just a job for Anne, Deborah and Leanne, but rather a passion for enhancing family peace and security.
Sarah Halloran
Sarah H.
05:46 11 Nov 22
Joe your a gun, i cant thank you enough for your assistance. Considering the last min notice you and your team came through for me, i can only imagine what you could of accomplished on a much larger time frame. Straight to the point no bs i only wish I knew about you sooner. Family law specialist see Joe at Pearsons you wont be disappointed. I look forward to working with you in the future and once again i can't express my gratitude enough , better to have him on side than against thats for sure.🙏🙏 thank you, thank you! I'll definitely be recommending your firm and your services. 🙂
Elizabeth Zourkas
Elizabeth Z.
05:41 13 Oct 22
My Father recommended Pearsons Lawyers to me years ago Then recently another trusted referral. From Solicitors Leanne, Brenda, Vertiy, Karen at Reception. The team are fantastic. Understanding. Sincerely interested in protecting your welfare and have your best interests at heart. I feel safe with Pearsons Lawyers looking after me. Thankyou Pearsons Lawyers.
Birute Ohlmann
Birute O.
02:27 26 Sep 22
Cannot recommend Helen Le at pearsons lawyers enough! From the start til very end Helen was extremely helpful and put up with my constant calls annoying her with all the silly questions and worrying. Helen always listened to me and actually helped me come out with a lot better outcome then I expected. Once again can not recommend Helen enough!!
Aaron Tomkinson
Aaron T.
02:24 18 Jul 22
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What is Domestic Violence?

Family violence is still sadly common and can occur across many relationship dynamics. It frequently occurs in intimate partnerships, such as marriages, de facto relationships and other relationships with a partner or family member. Any family members can be involved in this type of violence- mothers, fathers, siblings, uncles or aunts, grandparents, guardians and foster carers. There are even times when the abuse occurs by a child, in cases of parental and elder abuse.

Many types of abuse can occur, which are defined in the Family Violence Protection Act, including :

  • Financial or economic abuse – This is when someone controls finances or is economically abusive towards a family member or partner.
  • Physical violence – This includes all forms of physical violence, physical cruelty and physical harm and also considers threats of other particular behaviours.
  • Sexual violence – Any sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual coercion and other inappropriate or unlawful forms of sexually violent crime.
  • Emotional, mental, verbal and psychological abuse – Emotionally, mentally, verbally or psychologically abusing a partner or family member can take many forms, including using threats. These types of abuse include coercive control or actions that make another person fear something happening, including harming loved ones, pets or damaging property.


“The Family Law Act of 1975 states that – “Violent, threatening or other behaviour by a person that coerces or controls a member of the person’s family, or causes the family member to be fearful”, is domestic or family violence.

If you are currently experiencing Domestic or Family Violence, we recommend you get in touch for a confidential discussion about your options. We can work with you if you are an affected family member seeking help or a respondent to a Family Violence Intervention Order and handle all matters with sensitivity.

What is a Family Violence Intervention Order?

An FVIO is a protective order that is put in place to prevent certain people from attending certain places or engaging in certain types of behaviour. These orders are granted by a court, and are similar to a PSIO (Personal Safety Intervention Order), but apply to members considered part of a family unit or in an intimate or dependent relationship. The police may grant them on behalf of an affected person or persons. This can happen for instance, if the police attend a home and feel that the circumstances indicate a reasonable need for one party to be protected from another.

These orders are called Interim Orders and have an effect while a Magistrates Court hearing is organised. An Interim Order stays in place until the hearing date. A final order will be made on that day if the court is satisfied it is needed. A respondent to a PSIO is not facing a criminal charge if an order is granted. Criminal charges can be laid if the order is breached and the respondent is found guilty. If you have an upcoming court date, it’s wise to enlist a lawyer. Pearsons can support you and act on your behalf if you have an upcoming family violence case.

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Is Domestic Violence A Criminal Offence in Australia?

Yes, domestic and Family Violence Offences can be treated as Criminal matters in Australia. A protective intervention order, such as an FVIO, is not a criminal matter, though – it is a civil order that seeks to prevent a person from taking specific actions. Family violence intervention orders are heard in a Magistrates Court and can result in family violence charges if they are breached. Pleading guilty to a breach in court can result in criminal charges and a criminal record, making the matter a Criminal Law matter.

If you have committed family violence or are facing a family violence charge, it’s important to seek legal advice. Pearson’s Lawyers have extensive experience navigating the intricacies of family violence cases and can ensure you receive the right advice before attending court.

Are Domestic and Family Violence Discussions Confidential?

If you are experiencing family violence from a partner or family member or responding to family violence orders or charges, getting the right advice and support is crucial. We offer a confidential discussion and will handle your matters with sensitivity.

We understand it can be hard to seek assistance in these circumstances and the truly devastating effect Family Violence can have. That’s why it’s necessary to enlist the help of the Domestic Violence Lawyers Melbourne known for their empathetic approach and highly professional approaches to Family and Domestic Violence matters – Pearsons Lawyers.

If you or someone you care about is in danger and needs immediate help, please contact 000.

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"I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your work and in getting me this far. Having you on board to represent me since your involvement has been such a great experience. You have helped me much more than you realise. To move on and move forward with my life, for me and my son. I really appreciate your help, your push-forward attitude and professionalism!!"

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