The Legal Framework of Family Violence

November 22, 2018

The upcoming 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will be held at QT, Gold Coast next month over 3 and 4 December with optional workshops on 5 December. 

Joining us at the conference is Ms Monica Blizzard, Director at KHQ Lawyers who will present on ‘The Legal Framework of Family Violence’.


Over the last 20 years, awareness of family violence in the context of relationship breakdown has undergone significant transformation. The definition of violence has become broader, and today practitioners working within family law have a wealth of information to assist them in acting for victims and perpetrators of family violence.

In this paper I intend to give brief overview of the approach taken by the Courts over the previous two decades, and then give an overview of the 2012 amendments, and the current approach taken.

I also intend to provide some practical tools as to how to best protect a victim of family violence through the family law system and the separation process generally, including:
– When to obtain legal advice;
– What orders should be sought to protect the victim and the children in a parenting dispute;
– When should a victim or child seek an intervention order;
– How to manage the family report process;
– Whether an independent children’s lawyer is required;
– What protective services, the court can offer when court attendances are required.


Monica Blizzard is an Accredited Family Law Specialist with the Law Institute of Victoria, a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer, and has 20 years’ experience working in family law. Monica is a strong advocate against family violence, having presented previously at the STOP Domestic Violence conference, and also devised and hosted a family violence forum at KHQ Lawyers in 2017. She works closely with key agencies to provide assistance to those affected by family violence. As a practitioner, Monica has great empathy for her clients and is determined to achieve the best outcome, tailored to their specific needs.

For further information and to book tickets for the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference please visit