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Domestic Violence Lawyers

Ferrall & Co.

Experienced Domestic Violence Lawyers in Caloundra

Experiencing domestic violence can be a very distressing and traumatic experience. If you find yourself in this situation, feeling scared and uncertain about the future, please know that Ferrall & Co. is here to support and protect you.

We understand the complex mix of emotions and legal challenges that you may be facing. Our team is committed to providing you with reliable support and guiding you through this difficult time with compassion and legal expertise.

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Our domestic violence lawyers in Caloundra are dedicated to helping people who are facing tough times at home feel safer and more secure. We understand that you may be going through a difficult situation, and we want to help you protect yourself by utilising the law. 

We understand that you may be going through a difficult time and want you to know that our top priority is to ensure that you fully comprehend the legal proceedings and feel confident about the steps we’re taking together.

Our goal is to advocate for what’s best for you and ensure your voice is heard loud and clear throughout the process. You don’t have to face domestic violence alone.

Benefits of Having a Domestic Violence Lawyer

If you are a victim of domestic violence, a lawyer specialising in this area can help during this challenging time. The lawyer can help you stay safe and protect your legal rights by obtaining restraining orders.

Additionally, they can guide you through complex legal procedures, act as your advocate in court, and provide the necessary emotional support.

A knowledgeable domestic violence lawyer can also educate you about your rights and help you confidently navigate the legal system.

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Why do you need a Domestic Violence lawyer?

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Legal Expertise

Our team handles the challenging legal tasks, allowing you to focus on healing and moving forward.

Making Things Clear and Safe for You

We simplify the legal process, offering clarity and security to ease your journey through challenging times.

Guidance Through the Process

Our domestic violence lawyers provide support and guidance to those experiencing domestic violence to make them feel cared for and confident.

Standing Up for You

We are dedicated to fiercely protecting your safety and rights while supporting your needs with dedication and strength.

Our Process

Schedule a Free Consultation

Start with a free consultation where we listen to your story, understand your situation and provide an outline of our assistance. This initial step ensures that you feel heard, supported, and empowered.

Plan Your Path Forward

Together, we’ll create a clear, personalised plan for your needs. This step removes the guesswork and gives you a roadmap, showing exactly how we’ll handle your situation.

Let Us Handle the Legal Work

With the plan in place, you can rest easy knowing that we will handle all the legal details for you. From filing paperwork to negotiating on your behalf, we work tirelessly to secure the best outcome, allowing you to focus on moving forward with your life.

Why Choose Ferrall and Co. Lawyers?

Our divorce lawyers provide a simple and supportive path to a fair resolution, ensuring you feel understood and valued.

Expertise Across Various Domains

Whether it’s family law, criminal defence, or personal injury, our lawyers have the knowledge and skills to handle a wide range of legal matters.

Local Presence

As a prominent lawyers in Caloundra, we understand the local nuances and legal landscape, ensuring our clients receive tailored advice and representation.

Client-Centric Approach

At Ferrall and Co. Lawyers, clients are our top priority. We offer free quotes, transparent fees and ensure every client is treated respectfully and professionally.

A Team You Can Trust

Our lawyers are experts in their respective fields and individuals who genuinely care. We understand the emotional and financial toll legal issues can take, and we’re here to provide peace of mind and cost effective expert advice.

Our Partnerships

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Meet Rowena Ferrall

After completing a Bachelor of Laws at James Cook University in Townsville in 2002, Rowena completed her initial legal training at the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (ATSILS) in Townsville. She then finalised her Post Graduate Diploma through the Australian National University in Canberra in 2004, the same year she qualified to practice as a solicitor.

Rowena is admitted to practice in Queensland and in the High Court of Australia, allowing her to appear in all Courts in Queensland as well as Federally based Courts across the country.

Rowena has worked in Townsville, the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane in general litigation since her admission in 2004. After working as a generalist for several years, Rowena decided that she could best serve her community by opening her own boutique legal practice with a relaxed approach to client consultations, a manageable fee structure, as well as incorporating two furry friends who provide additional support for clients when in need.

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Do you need help in dealing with domestic violence in Caloundra?

Other Family Law Services

We offer a wide range of family law services that go beyond just divorce. Our goal is to provide complete support for any family matter.


When a married couple’s relationship breaks down due to issues that cannot be resolved, the couple has a right to divorce according to Australian law.

Parenting Arrangements

Ferrall & Co. are passionate about supporting families and seeing the best outcomes achieved, especially for the children involved in a family separation.

Property Settlement

When couples separate, they need to fairly divide their property that they acquired during their relationship. Property in this case doesn’t just mean real estate.

De Facto

If you have been in a relationship where you were not legally married, you may be considered a de-facto couple.

Same Sex Rights

Under the Family Law, same sex couples have the same rights in both de facto relationships and in marriage as heterosexual couples.

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We Want To Help

The best way forward is with Ferrall & Co., your dedicated family lawyer, especially in domestic violence matters. As experienced domestic violence lawyers, we are equipped to handle sensitive situations with care and professionalism.

Contact us to book an initial appointment with our DV lawyers to discuss your situation.

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Domestic Violence

Frequently Asked Questions

Domestic violence doesn’t start and stop at physical abuse and you don’t have to be physically violent to your partner to have a credible Domestic Violence Order (DVO) made against you. Behaviour such as controlling finances, harassment such as sending unwanted text messages and social media communication, all fall under the definition of domestic violence in the legislation.

A Domestic Violence Order (DVO) in Caloundra is an official document issued by the Court to prevent threats or acts of domestic violence. The violence may come from a partner or family member.

Here’s a summary of the key points:

Purpose of a DVO

A DVO (Domestic Violence Order) is designed to protect the ‘aggrieved’ (the person who has experienced violence) by setting rules that the ‘respondent’ (the person who has committed domestic violence) must follow. It aims to make certain behaviours illegal for the respondent to ensure the safety of the aggrieved.

Nature of a DVO

It is a civil court order, meaning it will not appear on the respondent’s criminal history. However, if the respondent disobeys the order, it becomes a criminal offence, which will be reflected in their criminal history.


In Queensland, there are two main types of Domestic Violence Orders (DVOs):

Domestic Violence Protection Order

An Application for a Protection Order is the legal term for an Application for a Domestic Violence Order (DVO). The person being protected by the DVO is called the ‘aggrieved’ whereas the person being served the application is the ‘respondent’.

Having a Domestic Violence Order (DVO) put against you is a big deal. These are very real documents that can have dire consequences on your life and freedom. If you have been served with an application for a protection order, the actions you take in the coming days could impact your life, and your children’s lives, for years to come.

When in this situation, your safest and smartest move is to seek solid legal advice that will guide you to the best outcome and help you know where you stand in the proceedings.

Having a DVO put against you can have a significant impact on your life and these new rules can take place from the very first Court appearance.

Having a DVO against you can:

  • Stop you from going home and force you to move out
  • Dictate where you can and can’t go
  • Turn certain normal actions into criminal acts – for example making a phone call or going to your house can result in police charges.

If you don’t follow the conditions and you breach what the order says, there are serious criminal consequences that can lead to imprisonment.

The application will be heard in your absence and what the police, or other party, have asked for will be put into an Order that could last up to five years.

Going to court means you are able to tell your side of the story. While you will not get in trouble for not going, you must go to Court if you want to be heard. If you choose not to go, the matter will be heard and a final decision will be made without you, which will be a DVO.

If you’re looking for a domestic violence lawyer in your area, a good place to start is by doing an online search using keywords like “domestic violence lawyers near me.” This will provide you with a list of local legal experts that you can explore further.

Our law firm, Ferrall & Co. Lawyers, is known for our dedication and expertise in handling domestic violence cases. You can also check the local law society websites for comprehensive directories.

Additionally, it’s helpful to seek recommendations from local support groups or individuals who have been in similar situations.

Many lawyers offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and explain how they can be of assistance. However, Ferrall & Co. Lawyers take it one step further by providing a generous free 30-minute consultation, allowing you to understand your options and how they can help without any obligation.

When seeking legal assistance, it’s recommended to check their website or call their office directly to inquire about these free consultations. Specifically, mentioning Ferrall & Co. Lawyers’ generous offer can be a great way to start finding the support you need.

Orders can be made against current or former partners but can also be made against other people in your family such as parents, children, siblings, or even informal carers.

Children or other family members of the aggrieved can be named in an Order and protected in the same way as the aggrieved, even if they have not directly suffered acts of domestic violence but have been exposed to it.

Often you won’t be allowed to contact the other party. Which means, in doing this you may be breaching the Temporary Protection Order. This will be a criminal offence.

No. DVO proceedings are confidential. It is an offence to publish or communicate certain information about the proceedings and you may be liable for criminal prosecution if you do. Ferrall and Co. advises you to avoid all posts and discussions. Even if they aren’t considered criminal offences, you may be giving the other party evidence against you.

No. You aren’t allowed to move back in until the Court has granted permission. Otherwise, it is likely to be a breach of the DVO and a criminal offence.

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