Natasha* went to the Gold Coast Magistrates Court to get urgent assistance with an application for a domestic violence protection order. She was told by the court to talk to one of Gold Coast Community Legal Centre’s solicitors, who was at the court as a duty lawyer.
The solicitor met with Natasha to provide advice and assistance. She was very distressed, having just discovered that morning that her ex-partner, who had been physically violent with her in the past, had been stalking her that day.
Natasha had reported the behaviour to the Queensland Police but they were not able to assist her with an application for protection.
The Centre’s solicitor told Natasha about the process to apply for a domestic violence protection order and the Queensland laws in relation to domestic violence.
The solicitor helped to prepare the application form for her. This included speaking with a member of an interstate police force about the past incidents of domestic violence against her. The application was filed with the court and she successfully obtained an Order with full protection for herself.
The solicitor also referred Natasha to a domestic violence service to provide ongoing support. When Natasha went back to court a second time, the solicitor represented her in her absence and a longer protection order was made to protect her.
*Not their real name