Battered Wife (Woman) Syndrome

Catherine Smith walked free from the Sydney District Court on 30 May 2008 having been found not guilty of Attempted Murder, Attempting to Discharge a Firearm with Intent to Murder and Possess Firearm with Intent to Commit an indictable offence. Catherine gave evidence of having been raped, tortured, and abused over a period of 30 years.…


Ridiculous or vexatious Domestic AVOs

In NSW, Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) applications can be made either by police officers or by persons seeking to protect themselves from violence, stalking or intimidation. Police attending to domestic incidents often apply for a provisional AVO, which is an order that is in place until the matter first goes to court. Individuals seeking an AVO for their own protection must file an application with the court.