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Intervention Orders Melbourne

Family Violence is one of the most sensitive and delicate aspects of the law.

Disputes in relation to family violence orders (also know as ‘intervention orders’, ‘apprehended violence orders’, ‘IVOs’ or ‘AVO’s’) can be overwhelming, traumatic, and confusing for everybody involved.

They are particularly difficult when children are involved. They can also be incredibly complex and confusing when it comes to the interaction between proceedings in the state court jurisdiction (under the Family Violence Protection Act (Vic) 2008) and the family court jurisdiction (under the Family Law Act (Cth) 1975).

At Testart Family Lawyers, we aim to be, above all else, sensitive to our clients concerns. We are there to help them understand all areas of law in relation to family violence and to be understanding of all of their needs. Our aim is to ensure that our clients can move forward in their new lives, safely and securely, when their relationship runs into trouble.

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FAQs: Family Violence & Intervention Orders

What should I do if I’ve been a victim of family violence?

If you’ve been a victim of family violence the first step is to make sure that you and your family are safe. Then, you should remove yourself from the situation. Call the police if you are in immediate danger and find support as soon as possible.

Once you’re safe and have found support the next step may be to file an intervention order. Speak to a lawyer specialising in domestic violence for advice.

What is an intervention order?

An intervention order is a court order which prohibits a person (the defendant) from behaving in a certain manner towards another. The purpose of an intervention order is to protect a person who it is believed the defendant may commit an act of abuse against.

While an intervention order is under civil law, criminal charges may follow if the order is broken.

Do I need a family violence lawyer to apply for an intervention order?

No, you can apply for an intervention order after hours at any police station or during court hours at your local magistrate’s court or children’s court. However, due to the complexities of the process and the court system it’s recommended to seek legal advice from an intervention order lawyer before applying.

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