If you have experienced family violence and fear for your safety, you can apply for a court order called a Family Violence Intervention Order. The order explains what family violence is and lists the legal conditions or rules that a family member must follow.
The Magistrate’s Court of Victoria (MCV) has introduced an online application for Family Violence Intervention Orders to make it easier and safer to apply without having to attend court. You can apply online at the Magistrate’s Court of Victoria website: www.fvio.mcv.vic.gov.au
You don’t have to have been physically injured to get an intervention order. You can apply for one if you have been threatened, emotionally abused, stalked or harassed by a partner or family member, or if they have damaged your property, taken your money, forced you to have sex, or threatened to hurt your children, pets or other family members.
The order can also protect your kids. It can have conditions on it about how your partner or family member can have contact with your kids. It’s important to get legal advice if you have a Family Court order or parenting plan regarding your child contact arrangements.
What conditions or rules can be included on the intervention order?
The conditions listed on the application form for an intervention order include stopping the person using violence from:
- Committing family violence against the protected person or persons
- Exposing children to family violence
- Intentionally damaging the protected person’s property or threatening to do so
- Attempting to locate or follow the protected person or keep them under surveillance
- Publishing on the internet or by email or other electronic communication any material about the protected person
- Contacting or communicating with the protected person by any means
- Approaching or remaining within a certain distance of the protected person
- Going to or remaining within a certain distance of where the protected person lives, works or attends school or childcare
- Getting another person to do anything the respondent must not do under the order.
If an order is made, the person using violence will not get a criminal record. But if they disobey (or ‘breach’) the order, the police can charge them with a crime. This 5 minute film ‘What if the intervention order is breached?’ shows you how to collect evidence safely.
What happens when Police have applied for an intervention order for me?
The following document outlines what to expect when Police have applied for an intervention order on your behalf. Contact our court support program if you have any questions or concerns, and need support understanding the process and your options.
Need more information or support?
Our Court Support program may be able to help. More information about this program here: