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Charge dismissed for Ben*

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

Later, Ben and his wife changed their minds about their divorce and reunited. They were both concerned about the effects a criminal conviction would have on their future. South West Community Legal Centres made submissions to the police and the charges were dismissed

*Not their real name

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