ONLINE FAMILY VIOLENCE INTERVENTION ORDERS

You can apply online for a Family Violence Intervention Order (FVIO) at the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria if you are experiencing family violence and over the age of 18.

APPLY NOW (External link)

If you are in immediate danger, call 000

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS A FAMILY VIOLENCE INTERVENTION ORDER?

A court order to protect a person, their children and their property from a family member, partner or ex-partner.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION?

It takes approximately 30 minutes. You can save the progress of your application and return to it any time before submitting. 

Safety features are built-in to the application, including:

  • password protection
  • quick exit features
  • 24/7 availability
  • smartphone, tablet and computer friendly.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Once you submit your application an NJC court registrar will contact you the next working day using the safe contact information you supply in your application. They will help you with the next steps.

NEED ADDITIONAL HELP?

Contact NJC Registry Team
9:00am-5:00pm (Monday-Friday)
Phone: (03) 9948 8600

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

Contact NJC Information Team
9:00am-5:00pm (Monday-Friday)
Phone: (03) 9948 8777

 

 

Coming to court

On the day of your matter, please arrive to the NJC's court at 9.00am and check in with Registry. You'll find Registry and the courtroom on the first floor.  

Applicant safety

We take applicant safety very seriously. If you are an applicant and concerned about your safety, contact us a day or two before you arrive and we'll organise safety measures with you.

If it suits your safety needs, you can use one of our Quiet Rooms. Only staff have access to these rooms, and apart from when you are in court, you can stay in the room during your time here. 

Video link or court

As the applicant, you may also have the option give evidence by video link which links you via video to the court. The video room is on the same floor as the court but only staff have access to it. 

While it's your decision to use the remote witness room, being in court gives you an opportunity to hear what the Magistrate has to say first hand and to see the law in action.

When you are in court, at least one member of our staff will be with you, and your family and friends can sit in the public seats, so consider who you'd like to support you on the day.

Support

Applicants and respondents will find a raft of services at the NJC, including:

  • Help finding crisis accommodation
  • Help finding long-term housing assistance services
  • Financial support information and referrals
  • Counselling
  • Get in touch with children’s support services

Help through court

  • Emotional support — sit with you while you wait or go into court
  • Explain the stages or processes you’ll go through on the day
  • Organise a safe room for you
  • Refer you to community services for more help

Children at court

As you understand, court is not a suitable environment for children, so if possible arrange for someone to look after your children elsewhere. 

If you need to bring your children, we recommend you bring a friend or family member to look after them in our children's playroom as children must be supervised at all times. 

Intervention orders

While your lawyer or a member of our staff can provide you with information about what interventions are and how they work, here's some general information to help you prepare.

A family violence intervention order is a legal order made by a magistrate to protect people from further family violence.

The person who takes out the order is called the 'applicant' or 'protected person'. The person who it is taken out against is called 'the respondent'.

Immediate protection

It can take around a week or two for a court to issue an intervention order.  This is why the police can issue a family violence safety notice until the matter goes to court.   

The court can also issue an interim order that will protect the person until the full intervention order is made.

Conditions

Intervention orders are made up of a list of conditions.  Conditions set boundaries for how, when, and where people have anything to do with each other and/or other members of a family.

There are many conditions, here are some examples that a respondent must comply with:

  • No contact by text, phone calls, or social media
  • No access to the home
  • No threats
  • No going to children’s school/childcare
  • No going to the applicant’s workplace or gym

Conditions also make it a criminal offence to get someone else to act abusively.  

The magistrate decides how long an intervention order stays in place.  

Breaching an order

Intervention orders do not mean the respondent gets a criminal record. 

But if the respondent disobeys any of the conditions, that is, the person breaches or a contravenes, the police may arrest the respondent, lay criminal charges, and the respondent will get a criminal record, and could face time in jail.