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Can psychological abuse be considered Grievous Bodily Harm?

***A warning to readers that the following article on Psychological abuse describes domestic violence scenarios*** Compensation for an Abusive Relationship For two years, Evelyn* had been in an abusive relationship with a man in Taree on NSW’s Mid North Coast. In mid-2018, Evelyn lodged an application under the Victims Support Scheme.  This scheme helps compensate …

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Mental Health

Media Statement from Paul Silva – Supreme Court decision on Justice for David Dungay Jnr protest.

NSW SUPREME COURT DECISION- 26 JULY REGARDING DAVID DUNGAY JR PROTEST ON TUESDAY 28 JULY 2020 O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors instructing Ms Felicity Graham, barrister, have litigated against the NSW Police Commissioner‘s attempts to prohibit the Justice for David Dungay protest. MEDIA RELEASE STATEMENT FROM MR PAUL SILVA “Me and my family are disappointed …

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David Dungay Death In Custody

Police brutality: Sydney police officer Tasers kneeling Aboriginal man in the face

NSW Police Officer Tasers Compliant Aboriginal Man in the Face in Paddington Footage has emerged of police brutality with a NSW Police Officer discharging his taser into the face of Kris Lovelock, a 32-year-old Aboriginal man who was kneeling on the ground with his palms outstretched in compliance. The footage shows the man obeying Police …

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Police Brutality

Press Release – Benjamin Batterham Found Not Guilty by Newcastle Jury

Benjamin Batterham, now 36 years old, was at his home, in Hamilton, an inner city suburb of Newcastle, having drinks with a friend in the early hours of 26 March 2016 when he saw a man in his house, coming out of his baby daughter’s room. The man was holding what would later be found …

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The Impact of Trauma on the Legal Process

New laws have been introduced in New South Wales to help juries understand the impact of trauma on victims of sexual assault. What is trauma? An event is traumatic when it causes a person to be incapable of coping with a situation. A traumatic experience may occur when the person is subjected to a threat …

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Peter O’Brien on Current Issues in Juvenile Justice

Peter O’Brien delivered the following paper on Current Issues in Juvenile Justice at the Legal Aid Conference in 2017: The Northern Territory is not alone when it comes to flagrant human rights abuses against some of the most vulnerable children in our community. Cases like Udin Sarfin’s and Saiful Baco’s illustrate the Commonwealth’s preparedness to …

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Peter O'Brien solicitor on 60 Minutes

Note on the Criminal Procedure Amendment (Domestic Violence Complaints) Act 2014

On 1 June 2015 the Criminal Procedure Amendment (Domestic Violence Complainants) Act 2014 (also known as the Domestic Violence Evidence in Chief Act) came into force. The new Act amended the Criminal Procedure Act 1986; the amendments can be found in Part 4B of the 1986 Act. The amendments allow police to take an audio …

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Media Myths and Male Violence Against Women

Media coverage of male violence against women could actually be exacerbating the problem, and could be partially to blame for disastrously low reporting rates. Statistics measuring non-reporting are obviously difficult to gather with accuracy, but an ABS national survey indicates that 81.1% of women who experienced sexual assault did not report it to the police. …

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