Complete Guide on Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO) in NSW 2021

Key Takeaways An AVO can get dismissed in court if the other party fail to comply with the orders to serve and file their evidence on time, or through negotiations between the parties, or if the protected person or his/her representative fail to prove that the protected person has reasonable grounds to fear, and actually ...continue reading

‘Home Improvement’ Actor Zachery Ty Bryan Now Sitting in Jail Cell for Allegedly Choking His Girlfriend

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   “Does everybody know what time it is? It’s Tool Time!” This was the famous phrase that came out of Home Improvement, the famous American sitcom that starred Tim “The Toolman” Taylor, played by renowned actor, Tim Allen. Alas, for his sidekick star, Zachery Ty Bryan, who played Tim’s eldest ...continue reading

The NSW Police’s Suspect Targeting Management Plan (STMP) to Effectively Reduce Crime

Poppy Morandin.   A report by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has defended the controversial proactive policing initiatives by the NSW Police within the Suspect Target Management Plan (STMP) by contending it effectively reduces crime. The STMP was designed to identify, assess, and target individuals who are suspected of being repeat offenders. The ...continue reading

Strike Force Irrabella Set Up to Investigate Domestic Violence Allegations Against Former South Sydney Rabbitohs Player

  It is reported that a strike force has been set up solely for the purpose of investigating allegations of domestic violence and drugs in respect of Sam Burgess, the previous South Sydney Rabbitohs player. The strike force is reportedly called Strike Force Irrabella. Reported in The Australian, prior to the elimination final game against ...continue reading

New Proposed Domestic Violence Laws on Criminalising ‘Coercive Control’: An Interview with Dr Karen Williams of Doctors Against Violence Towards Women

By Poppy Morandin.   Individuals in a domestic relationship who psychologically abuse their partners through practices known as ‘coercive control’ could face criminal prosecution, following a bill introduced by Labor MP Anna Watson to NSW Parliament. If passed, the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Amendment (Coercive Control—Preethi’s Law) Bill 2020 will amend the existing Crimes ...continue reading

Man Strangulates Partner in Domestic Violence Assault to Point Of Urination

  It is reported that 38-year-old David Glennie has strangled, kicked and punched his partner to the point of losing control of her bladder and urinating. The court heard that Glennie had lost his temper whilst he was intoxicated during a night out in November 2019. Glennie had lost his temper because if an irrational ...continue reading

Calls for dismissal of Police Officer who leaked information of alleged domestic violence victim: An Interview with the Doctors Against Violence Towards Women

By Poppy Morandin.   The uncertain status of whether a Queensland Police Officer will be dismissed, despite pleading guilty to leaking the information of an alleged domestic violence victim to her former partner, has sparked outrage. Senior Constable Neil Punchard accessed confidential police databases on nine occasions and supplied the address of the woman to ...continue reading

Man Sentenced for Grievous Bodily Harm Assault Against 83-Year-Old Woman

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It was the middle of the night when 35-year-old Victorian man, Eric Phillip Pickford, broke into the home of an 83-year-old woman living nearby him in Morwell, and in his intoxicated state, bashed the elderly resident multiple times with a hammer. The 83-year-old was listening to the radio ...continue reading

Nine Teens Charged for Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent After Assault on Sydney Man

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Nine teenagers ranging from 15 to 18 years of age, have been arrested following the stabbing of a 36-year-old man. On the night of the 31st of July, police attended the scene in which the man was found, suffering a stab wound to his face and other serious ...continue reading

Section 32 Mental Health Applications now Replaced by Section 14 to Get Criminal Charges Dismissed in Court

There is an available legislative framework for a NSW court to determine criminal proceedings where the accused or defendant has mental health issues relevant to the case. This legislative framework is echoed in the old Act called The Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW) (‘The Act’). It is a response to the increasing contact with ...continue reading

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