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Charge dismissed for Ben*

Ben was charged with breaching a domestic violence order by instructing a third party to service divorce papers on his wife. Ben did not realise that this was a breach of a “no indirect contact” domestic violence order. He and his spouse were Chinese and spoke very little English.

Later, Ben and his wife changed their mind about divorce and reunited. They were both concerned about the effect of a criminal conviction on their future. South West Community Legal Centre made submissions to the police and the charges were therefore dismissed.

*Not real name

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