About LGBTI Family Violence support

The Neighbourhood Justice Centre takes the support and care of everyone involved in family violence matters seriously, which is why we provide members of the LGBTIQA+ community with specialist services.

Our LGBTI Applicant Practitioner and LGBTI Respondent Practitioners are on hand to provide emotional support, practical assistance, and helpful information for both parties attending court.

We provide these specialist services as our mark of respect for the gender identity, sexual orientation, and cultural safety of all members of the LGBTI community who walk through our doors.

Applicant support

As the applicant (person applying for a court order) your safety is important to us, as is your well-being. Our LGBTI Applicant Practitioner (LAP) will walk with you every step of the way. 

Our LAP can assist you with:

  • Referrals to services, such as housing, financial counselling, and/or mental health/counselling support, with a focus on LGBTI-run referral options as available
  • Referrals to peer support networks
  • Information about the justice process 
  • Care and emotional support 

Applicant safety

As applicant we encourage you to get in touch with our LAP as soon as you can to discuss your safety concerns and needs. 

Ways we keep you safe include:

  • Quiet Rooms: you can meet your lawyers, make yourself tea/coffee and wait for your court hearing in rooms that only staff can access
  • Pre-court tour: our LAP can walk you through the NJC in the days leading up to your court hearing so you know what to expect on the day. Being prepared is a big part of being calmer on the day.
  • Arriving/leaving: our LAP can organise to get you in and out of the building safely.

Respondent support

As the respondent (the person the order is taken out against) we encourage you to talk to our LGBTI Respondent Practitioner (LRP).

Our LRP is your gateway to important services and your emotional support on the day. 

LRP support includes:

  • Referrals to services such as housing, LGBTI behaviour change programs, counselling, alcohol and other drug support
  • Referrals to peer support networks
  • Information about the justice process 
  • Emotional support and counselling
  • Talk to you about your interactions with the criminal justice system.

Respondent space

As the respondent you can find quiet places in the building to collect your thoughts and take a deep breath. 

Bringing support

We encourage applicants and respondents to bring a friend or family member.

We do our best to get matters to court on time, but delays happen. You'll find it comforting to have someone with you.   

Children

We also encourage you to leave your children at home. As welcoming as the NJC is, court is not the best environment for children. 

If you must bring your children, please let us know ahead of time. 

'Airport security'

We don't use 'airport security' so you won't be frisked. 

Our security team is low-key and greet people with a smile. 

Facilities

A gender neutral toilet is on Level 2 (top floor) diagonally to the right as you exit the lift.

Contact LGBTI practitioners

Phone the NJC: 9948 8777 

Email: lgbti.fv@courts.vic.gov.au (External link)