For more resources and information, visit the Women’s Legal Service Victoria, Victims of CrimeMagistrate’s Court of Victoria or the Family Law Court of Australia websites.

Family Violence Intervention Order (FVIO) resources

Magistrate’s Court Family Violence website: a site with information for those applying or responding to a family violence intervention order.

Safe at Home: How to get a family violence intervention order
A Victorian Legal Aid booklet for FVIO applicants.

Family violence intervention order applications – for affected family members
A Victoria Legal Aid fact sheet for affected family members.

How to respond to a family violence intervention order
A Victorian Legal Aid booklet for FVIO respondents.

Family violence intervention order applications – for respondents
A Victoria Legal Aid fact sheet for respondents.

How do interim intervention orders work?
A Darebin Community Legal Centre brochure.

What happens at the first mention, directions hearing and contested hearing?
A Darebin Community Legal Centre brochure.

I have an intervention order: what next?
A Darebin Community Legal Centre brochure.

Steps to Safety
The Eastern Community Legal Centre’s video Steps to Safety outlines the process for getting an intervention order. It is available in six community languages.

Family Violence
A Women’s Legal Service Victoria factsheet for victim survivors about family violence and intervention orders.

How to collect evidence if an FVIO is breached
A Women’s Health West video guide.

Online intervention order application for City of Yarra residents
City of Yarra Residents can now apply for an intervention order online via the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court.  It is easy to use, safe, and password protected.

Victoria Police resources

Victoria Police Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence

Family Violence: What Police Do
Multi-language information sheets explaining Victoria Police’s response to family violence.

Family Violence Referral Protocol between DHHS, Family Safety Victoria and Department of Justice and Regulation and Victoria Police 2018

Koori Family Violence Police Protocols: what you can expect
Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service Victoria guide for Koori families.

A video that follows the Melton Family Violence Unit

Victims of Crime resources

Victims’ of Crime Guide to Victim Impact Statements
Victims of Crime revised their Guide to Victim Impact Statements in 2015, as well as their publications order form.

Victims of Crime Easy English Resources
These Easy English resources support people with limited literacy to understand when violent crime, including family violence, has happened to them and what they can do.

Pathways to Justice
This booklet provides people with an understanding of the court process for victims and witnesses of serious crime, produced by the Office of Public Prosecutions.

Other Resources

Family Law and Family Violence in Australia
A translated booklet on family law and family violence, produced by Fitzroy Legal Service.

National Domestic and Family Violence Bench Book
A best practice guide for judges and magistrates, also of benefit to other legal professionals and service providers.

Courts that hear family violence matters
A fact sheet about courts in the Northern Metropolitan Region that hear family violence matters.

Integration case studies

Women, Lawyers, Workers
Women, Lawyers, Workers aimed to address the dearth of legal services available to women experiencing violence by providing free legal advice via Skype.