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.

Knowledge to Advocate
A NIFVS resource for workers supporting victim survivors of family violence through the legal system.

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, 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.

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, produced by 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.

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

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

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, produced by the Office of Public Prosecutions.

Victoria Police Responses

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

A video that follows the Melton Family Violence Unit

Intervention Order and Legal Support

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

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
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 and Intervention Orders
A range of factsheets for victim survivors and respondents produced by Victoria Legal Aid.

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.

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.

Magistrate’s Court of Victoria Contested intervention order
A mock contested intervention order hearing.