Family violence happens much more commonly and involves a much broader range of behaviours than many people realise. It can happen to a person from any socio-economic or cultural background. Regardless of gender or sexuality, an abuser may be from a current or past intimate relationship, could be a carer or guardian, or another family member (including step family).
It is also important to understand that family violence includes emotional and psychological abuse. This means actions like name calling, put downs and swearing, as well socially isolating a family member.
It also involves preventing family members from spending time with certain people, or going where they wish.
Family violence happens much more frequently and involves a much broader range of behaviours than many people realise. It can happen to someone from any socio-economic or cultural background. Abusers aren’t strictly one gender and could be from a current or past relationship. They could be a carer, guardian or another family member.
Family violence also involves emotional and psychological abuse. This includes actions like name-calling, condescending remarks and swearing, as well socially isolating a family member. It also involves preventing family members from spending time with certain people or going anywhere they wish.
If you have been a victim of abuse, violence or family violence and you feel scared, you are able to contact your local Magistrates’ Court and file an Intervention Order Application. You are required to explain to the Family Violence Registrar why you feel that an Intervention Order should be made.
An Interim Order could be granted to you on that day, after which the Court will arrange for the Intervention Order to be served on the other party and allocate a Court date. You must attend the hearing on the date advised to you by the Registrar. If you do not, your application could be struck out.
If you do not feel safe or would like the help of a lawyer, we can assist you.
If you have been served an Application for an Intervention Order by Victoria Police, you should obtain immediate legal advice.
There is a possibility that you have been served with both an Application for an Intervention Order as well as Interim Intervention Order. The conditions of an Interim Order vary from no contact to an outright exclusion of 200 metres. If you attempt to contact the applicant when there is an order in place, you would be in breach.