You can claim compensation if you’re injured in an accident. Why doesn’t it work the same for victims of domestic violence?

Is this justice?

In Australia, everyone knows that if you injure your back, break some bones or get a crippling injury in the workplace, or in an accident, because of someone’s negligence, you can make a claim for compensation. This is accepted. But, if you get the same or even worse injuries, deliberately inflicted by the person you live with, it is likely that you won’t make a claim for compensation and that no one will even suggest that you have the right to it. (Spoiler alert: you do.)

Similarly, in family law, if you separate from a non-abusive partner, there is often a formal settlement to fairly divide the family property. But when you separate from an abusive partner, chances are there will be no family law property settlement at all. You may have just ‘walked away’.

As a victim/survivor of domestic violence, you may be heading into your new, independent life after separation with a body, mind and financial prospects that are severely scarred by your lived experience of abuse. You may face severe financial instability, often while you continue to try to bring up children. No one asks about the lingering effects of what you’ve been through and there’s no responsibility for these taken by the perpetrator. You receive no compensation for your injuries. And no share of the family property.

Family Law & Injury Payment for Domestic Violence

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Let’s face it, the Australian legal system is still not good at domestic justice. But the basics for access to that justice do exist. And we think it’s time that more victim/survivors of domestic violence receive the support they need to seek it out. In FLIP/DV, Tribe Family Lawyers and Slater+Gordon have designed a path through the legal system to help survivors of domestic violence claim full personal injury compensation (which is different from victims’ compensation), and a fair share of family property. We do this by coordinating court cases in personal injury and family law, using a model of trauma-informed legal practice that involves therapeutic professionals and other supportive service providers.

Who can we help

The FLIP/DV initiative can help victim/survivors who have an entitlement to a family property settlement. We can claim compensation for your serious personal injuries, including psychological injuries, and a fair share of the family property. We can help you towards true independence and a stable financial future. Financial accountability for the perpetrator. Your voice heard. Your experiences recognised. It’s time to turn the tables.

How it works

  1. You complete the short questionnaire behind the I’m Ready button down below to help us begin to assess your case.
  2. We will contact you (by your nominated safest method) shortly after you submit.
  3. If it looks like you may have a good case for FLIP/DV, we make arrangements for you (and anyone else you would like to bring along) to meet with a FLIP/DV personal injury lawyer and a family lawyer on Zoom, so we can understand your story better.
  4. If your case assessment is positive, and you decide to move ahead with us, we can get started straight away.
For more information,
download our client fact sheet

Tell us your story

Is FLIP/DV for you? It’s time to explore the possibilities.

Click on the button to go to our short Case Assessment Questionnaire which you can complete online. We look forward to hearing from you!

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