1. Family violence can happen to anyone (man-against-woman, parent-against-child, woman-against-man, child-against-parent, etc.). It is often a symptom or manifestation of deeper-rooted issues. Such situations can be tricky to deal with as the perpetrator is often close to the victim. Coupled with other considerations such as the victim’s dependency on the perpetrator (e.g. financial, immigration status, even emotional), makes it imperative that such matters are handled with proper care and sensitivity.
2. Obtaining good legal advice early is crucial for family violence matters. Often, there are other more fundamental issues that need to be dealt with concurrently. For further sharing and/or case studies on how various fact scenarios have panned out in real life, check out our Resources page.
3. When clients notify me about violence, my immediate priority would be to safeguard their physical well-being, while getting them to start looking towards their future. Ultimately, any advice given would be with the hope to guide and empower my clients (victims or perpetrators) to end the cycle of violence. Apart from advising you on your legal rights and options, I will also explore other support and assistance that you may require. I will also try to assist you in safeguarding your future interests.