Domestic Violence Lawyers Gold Coast

Our Gold Coast family and domestic violence lawyers will help you to move through your matter with compassion and expertise.

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Personalised Support

We understand that every family situation is unique and the emotional turmoil that comes from experiencing abuse or violence in an intimate personal relationship, and we will prioritise your safety and wellbeing at all times.

Compassionate & Proficient

Receive compassionate support and expert advice from our team of domestic and family violence lawyers. We’re committed to protecting your rights and ensuring you know your legal options each step of the way.

Transparent & Reasonable Fees

We believe in transparency and fairness when it comes to legal fees. Our fee structures are clear and reasonable, ensuring you receive cost-effective solutions that meet your needs.

Our Gold Coast Lawyers Navigate Domestic Violence Matters With Compassion & Respect

Dealing with domestic & family violence can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to face it alone. Our experienced team at Advance Family Lawyers will offer clarity and support to help you understand your legal options and take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. We can also assist you to obtain legal advice if you have had a family violence or domestic violence order issued against you.


Free 15-minute Consultation For Domestic & Family Violence Matters

Are you facing domestic violence issues and need legal guidance?

Whether you’re seeking advice, representation in court, or assistance with a protection order, know that we work hard towards being a firm of domestic violence lawyers Gold Coast families can depend on.

We’re here to provide the support and direction you need to ensure your safety and wellbeing. Contact us for an obligation-free 15-minute consultation, where we’ll help you understand your legal rights and map out a path forward.

“Thank you to the team at Advance Family Law for guiding me through a very traumatic time and giving me direction and more fundamentally, hope, that not only would my interests be protected but that the outcome achieved would be fair, reasonable and equitable, which it was.”


Experienced Family Violence Lawyers Who Will Prioritise Your Safety

We are committed to helping you navigate domestic violence matters.

If you are experiencing domestic or family violence, it can feel overwhelming to seek help, which is why our Gold Coast team of lawyers will ensure you have efficient and sensitive support.

Our team will diligently protect your rights and ensure your safety throughout the legal process.

We’ll assist you in obtaining the necessary protection orders and other legal solutions to safeguard yourself and your loved ones from further harm.

Accredited Domestic Violence Lawyers

Queensland Law Society
Domestic Violence Lawyer Gold Coast
Queensland Association of Collaborative Practitioners
Child Protection Practitioners

How We Help Our Clients

Schedule A Free 15-Minute Chat

Contact us to schedule a complimentary 15-minute telephone consultation to discuss your family violence situation and explore your legal options.


Understand Your Legal Rights

We’ll provide clear and comprehensive information about your legal rights and options, empowering you to make informed decisions about your situation.

We'll Support You

Our Gold Coast team of domestic violence lawyers are dedicated in taking responsive and decisive action to protect your safety and wellbeing.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re experiencing domestic and family violence in Queensland, please reach out to our team. If you need urgent assistance or are at any risk of immediate harm, there are many places you can seek help from, including:

Different organisations will be able to provide various types of support and offer assistance for victims of physical, sexual, emotional or psychological abuse, as well as coercive control, providing practical help and guidance to ensure safety and potential legal recourse.


In Queensland, you can apply for an Intervention Order, which is also known as a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO), to protect yourself from domestic violence or abuse.

  • Contact the Police: If you’re in immediate danger, call the Queensland Police on 000. They can assist you in seeking protection and provide support. Police may also choose to put an interim order in place if they feel someone is at risk of harm from domestic violence.
  • Apply at the Magistrates Court: You can apply for a DVPO at your local Magistrates Court. The court staff can help you with the necessary paperwork and guide you through the process.
  • Attend a Court Hearing: After you apply for a DVPO, the court will schedule a hearing where you’ll have the opportunity to present your case. The respondent (the person you’re seeking protection from) will also have a chance to respond.
  • Obtain Legal Assistance: Consider seeking legal advice or representation to protect your interests during court proceedings. Legal Aid Queensland and other legal support services can provide guidance.
  • Attend Counseling or Mediation (if required): The court may require both parties to attend counselling or mediation sessions to resolve the issues if this is possible.
  • Receive the DVPO: If the court grants the DVPO, it will outline the conditions and restrictions imposed on the respondent to protect you and any children involved.
  • Enforce the Order: If the respondent breaches the DVPO, you should report it to the police immediately. Breaching a DVPO is a criminal offence in Queensland.

Remember, if you’re in immediate danger, prioritise your safety by contacting the police or seeking emergency accommodation.

If served with a Protection Order in Queensland, seek legal help. As the respondent, failure to comply with Domestic Violence Orders is a criminal offence. Consult with support services and legal aid organisations for guidance on Magistrates Court proceedings and your rights within family relationships.

Do not attempt to contact the person named in the order, as any communication, even text messages, will be seen as Breaching a DVPO, which is a serious offence under Queensland legislation, carrying legal consequences to prevent further harm or escalation of violence.

If you are in a family relationship with the person ( or previously were), and your children are involved, do not attempt any contact with the victim or children involved. Even if there are previous court orders for parenting, it’s essential to get legal advice and act per the Protection Order to prevent a breach.

Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs) in Queensland aim to safeguard victims from various forms of abuse, including emotional, psychological, and economic abuse. They’re issued by the Magistrates Court to protect victims and their children, ensuring their safety from threatening behaviour or harm.

Support services assist victims in obtaining DVPOs and accessing necessary resources for protection and support.

In different Australian states, protection orders, or intervention orders, may be referred to by other names:

  • Queensland: Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs)
  • New South Wales: Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs)
  • Victoria: Intervention Orders (IVO) (An FVIO is a Family Violence Intervention Order)
  • South Australia: Intervention Orders (IOs)
  • Western Australia: Violence Restraining Orders (VROs)
  • Tasmania: Family Violence Orders (FVOs)
  • Northern Territory: Domestic Violence Orders (DVOs)
  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT): Domestic Violence Orders (DVOs)

Each state and territory has its own legislation and terminology regarding orders aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence.

Previously, this type of order has been known by other common names in Australia, including:

  • Domestic Violence Orders (DVOs)
  • Restraining Orders
  • Protection Orders
  • Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs)
  • Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs)
  • Intervention Orders
  • Family Violence Orders (FVOs)
  • Violence Restraining Orders (VROs)

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We'll Help Guide You Through Your Domestic & Family Violence Matter

If you need further assistance with navigating a matter relating to family breakdown that involves domestic violence, please get in touch with our compassionate team of Gold Coast family lawyers today for support and guidance on your matter.