You are about go to the Magistrates' Courts Family Violence Intervention Order site to apply for your intervention order.
Once you've made your application come back to us to find out what services we offer , and what happens when you come to court.
If you are in danger now, call 000, or if you can, go to your nearest police station.
24/7 family violence response 1800 015 188 / or Emergency housing – 1800 825 955
Coming to court
Arrive at 9.00am and check in with Registry on the 1st floor.
If you are worried about meeting the respondent, we can plan an arrival/departure strategy.
Contact us a day or two before your hearing and can organise it with you.
If it suits your safety needs, we can place you in one of our 'quiet rooms'.
Only staff can access these rooms, and apart from when you are in court, you can stay in the room during your time here.
If you need a quiet room, let Registry, your case worker or your lawyer know.
Practical help includes:
- Help finding crisis accommodation
- Get you in touch with long-term housing assistance services
- Financial support information and referrals
- 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
Remote witness rooms or court
When giving evidence, you have the option to do so in court or by video link from our video room, which links you via video to the court.
When you are in court, one of our staff will be with you, and your family and friends can sit in court too.
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.
Children at court
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 with you to help look after them in our children's playroom as children must be supervised at all times.
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'.
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.
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 (this is called breach or a contravention) the police may arrest the respondent, lay criminal charges, and the respondent will get a criminal record, and could face time in jail