Knowledge to Advocate is a key resource for workers supporting victim survivors of family violence through the legal system. This NIFVS resource provides information about the Victorian legal system including Victoria Police process, Intervention Orders, legal support and Magistrates’ Court processes.

Other useful resources are listed below.

Legal Service System
Victoria Police Responses
Intervention Orders & Legal Support
Magistrates’ Court

Legal Service System

The Law Handbook
The Law Handbook explains where our laws come from and an introduction to courts, as well as providing a range of information about various aspects of the law in Victoria. (Fitzroy Legal Service)

The Intersection between Family Law and the Intervention Order System
A video presentation from the What She Needs to Know: Supporting victim survivors of family violence through the legal system NIFVS Forum by guest speaker Ella Crotty, 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.

Family Court of Australia website
A site with information about a range of family law matters.

Family Law and Family Violence in Australia
Multi-language booklets on family law and family violence. (Fitzroy Legal Service)

Children and Family Law
A factsheet that explains family law process including in situations of family violence. (Women’s Legal Service Victoria)

Victims’ of Crime Guide to Victim Impact Statements
This Guide to Victim Impact Statements helps Victims make statements that will help a judge or magistrate understand how a crime has affected them.

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. (Office of Public Prosecutions)

Victoria Police Responses

Victoria Police Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence

Implementation of the new Family Violence Report (L17) [June 2019]
Information regarding changes to the Victoria Police Family Violence Response Model.

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

A video that follows the Melton Family Violence Unit

Intervention Order and Legal Support

Family Violence
Factsheet for victim survivors about family violence and intervention orders. (Women’s Legal Service Victoria)

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

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

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

Family Violence and Intervention Orders
A range of factsheets for victim survivors and respondents. (Victoria Legal Aid)

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

Magistrates’ Court

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

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

For more legal resources and information, visit the Women’s Legal Service Victoria and Victims of Crime websites.