Domestic Violence Lawyers in Sydney
A survey of domestic violence data in Australia showed that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men had experienced at least one form of violence from a current or former partner since the age of 15. Between 2014 and 2015, 2,800 women and 560 men were hospitalised after being assaulted by a spouse or partner.
These domestic violence statistics demonstrated the urgent need to address domestic violence acts both against women and men, and let the Australian public know more about this serious issue, by raising awareness of these criminal acts.
The following figures show the prevalence of Domestic Violence in Australia:
- One woman per week is murdered by their partners
- 1 in 4 women have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner since the age of 15
- 1 in 5 women have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15
- 85% of women have been sexually harassed
- Almost 40% of women continued to experience violence from their partner while temporarily separated
- 1 in 6 women have experienced stalking since the age of 15
- Statistics indicate that domestic violence rates are higher in rural and regional NSW
These figures show the impact these forms of domestic violence have on women in society and how it has a dramatic effect on women’s health.
These figures are staggering but what is more alarming is that a majority, of domestic violent acts are not reported via news channels, which does not help to raise much more needed awareness on the subject.
It has also been reported that family violence was a leading cause of homelessness, and that the problem had grown significantly in the past five years, and that millions of children had been physically or sexually abused.
Additionally, Indigenous people were more likely to be at risk from Domestic Violent incidents.
The (AIHW) also found that family violence in Australia had significant financial impacts, costing “at least” $22 billion in direct costs (such as healthcare and welfare support) and indirect costs (such as lost wages), to the Australian Government.
With more awareness being raised by the Government Anti-Domestic Violence campaigns and social influencers, it is still surprising that the level of Domestic Violence in Australia is still quite high. Some of the reasons for this are as follows:
- Women are too scared to report any incidents whilst still living with their partners
- They may feel embarrassed or shamed
- They don’t want to leave their partner and are more reluctant to report the crime
- They don’t wish to break up the family unit
What happens if you have been charged with a Domestic Violence Crime?
More often-than-not, bonds are issued to those charged with Domestic Violence. However, if offenders who injure their victims, breach their bail, or if the offender has been charged before with Domestic Violent Crimes, then the likelihood of the offender going to gaol is much more likely.
Additionally, there are also incidents where people have been wrongfully-accused of Domestic Violence, and unfortunately, there are several cases reported in which the person accused is innocent of the offence. In such scenarios, False Accusation can be used as a defence strategy. If you have significant evidence stating that you were not involved in the crime that you are accused of, you might have a suitable defence. In some circumstances, another individual may falsely accuse the defendant in accordance to section 314 of the Crimes Act 1900 which states that any person who accuses someone of an offence they did not commit, is liable to imprisonment for 7 years.
If you have been charged with a Domestic Violence charge and you require Domestic Violence Legal Services, then please don’t hesitate to contact our office for advice immediately.
Benjamin Leonardo are Domestic Violence Lawyers, have offices in Sydney and Parramatta and are conveniently located near the district courts. They understand the strain Domestic Violence cases have on their clients and families alike, and provide sympathetic and non-judgemental advice and support to their clients. Having defended more than 3,800 cases and with a success rate of over 90%, Benjamin Leonardo provide Domestic Violence Legal Services in Sydney & Parramatta, and provide their clients with informed legal advice and flexible payment terms. If you have been charged with a domestic violence offence, please contact Benjamin Leonardo on (02) 9283 3033, for your first Free Consultation.
In recent years, the Australian Government has started coming down quite heavily on people who defraud the government when over-claiming their Centrelink income.
Centrelink fraud is estimated to cost the Australian government approximately $3.5 billion dollars each year, in fraud, non-compliance or misreporting to the welfare system.
If you have been charged with Centrelink fraud or other social security fraud, then you have essentially been charged with a Criminal Offence, it is at this point, that you should seek the advice from an experienced Fraud Lawyer who can outline your rights on how to effectively defend your Centrelink Fraud Charges.
The maximum penalties for Centrelink Fraud is 10 years imprisonment for offences of obtaining property and obtaining a financial advantage by deception and 5 years imprisonment for an offence of general dishonesty.
Since the Governments’ crackdown on Centrelink Fraud in recent times, it is understood that the Australian Government has clawed back an estimated $1.8 Billion dollars in the last 18 months. The Department of Human Services (DHS) has been able to do so, by utilising data matching technology since mid-2016 to detect discrepancies in payments, and the Coalition said that has increased the number of yearly welfare checks by half a million since it has been in office.
During this investigative period, there were more than 1,400 examples of welfare fraud, and out of that were 900 Centrelink Fraud Cases that were referred to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.
When understanding what it means to defraud Centrelink, you need to look at the following circumstances:
What is Centrelink Fraud?
Centrelink Fraud occurs when people deliberately mislead Centrelink in-order-to receive payments, which they are not entitled to.
This may happen when people intentionally give false information either purposefully or knowingly.
Examples of Centrelink fraud
- Not declaring income from employment, investments or other sources.
- Exaggerating a medical condition.
- Claiming an allowance as a single person when you are in a de facto relationship.
- Claiming an allowance under more than one name.
- Submitting false or forged documents.
There may be incidents where people may be defrauding Centrelink without knowing, and it is up to the court to prove that the defendant had acted dishonestly. However, it is up to the person to be responsible for reporting any changes to Centrelink, if their circumstances change and payments need to be adjusted.
This excuse or lack of understanding of the law, has led the government to expose Centrelink cheats, by encouraging people in the community, to report Centrelink Cheats, who may be benefiting from cheating the government on their welfare payments, child support payments or any other health payments. Whistle-blowers details are kept confidentially and are able-to report Centrelink Fraud anonymously. The government has set up special telephone hotlines to combat welfare cheats.
The Australian Government has taken quite decisive action in trying to reduce Centrelink Fraud crime, and with their latest technological advancements, they are able to easily locate people who are defrauding the government in unlawful Centrelink payments.
If you have been charged with a Centrelink Fraud Criminal Offence, then click here, and you will be able to see penalties and possible defence strategies to help fight your Centrelink Charges.
Benjamin Leonardo are Criminal Fraud Defence Lawyers. With offices in Sydney and Parramatta they are conveniently located near the district courts. They understand the strain Centrelink Fraud cases have on their clients and families alike, and provide sympathetic and non-judgemental advice and support to their clients. Having defended more than 3,800 cases and with a success rate of over 90%, Benjamin Leonardo are Centrelink Fraud Lawyers in Sydney & Parramatta, and they provide their clients with informed legal advice and flexible payment terms. If you have been charged with a criminal offence, please contact Benjamin Leonardo on (02) 9283 3033, for your first Free Consultation.