I am seeking help on behalf of an elderly friend with limited English and two grown children. She was considering getting an AVO against her son, who is a long time addict and would not leave her home. The other offspring's spouse, a lovely white collar mental health worker, went to her house to convince the son to leave without the need for an AVO. Historically, the mental health worker has been the 'man' of the family and helped the addict out of many undesirable situations (over a 30-year period). When he went to the house, the addict, who has severe paranoia, was provoking him, and the sister's spouse punched him in the face in the heat of the moment. He's never ever been violent before, it was a very bad thing to do. The addict (with 30 odd years of heroin/ methadone abuse) bled terribly. So the old woman's family is completely fractured, the addict called the police and laid assault charges and the nice guy may lose his job and not be able to support his young family. The addict tried to withdraw the charges but the police are, of course, continuing with them. This is devastating for an already broken family. I suggested to the elderly lady (she has no money for legal help), that she write to the local police commander, or the magistrate (?), explaining the detrimental effects these charges will have on three generations. They are all gentle people (even the addict) but they are all completely broken right now and I want to help them.