Family Violence Intervention Order applications are online 24/7

You can apply for a Family Violence Intervention Order by computer, smart phone, or tablet.  CLICK HERE TO APPLY (External link).

One of NJC's Registrars (court staff) will contact you the next working day using the method you request on your application to discuss the next steps.  

Safety features of the online application 

  • Password protection
  • Quick exit button close the application fast
  • Option to save and resume application when safe to do so
  • Instructions for how to use the internet safely

When you click through to apply you’ll enter the Magistrates’ Court main website.  Come back to this website to find more about how we can help you.

If in danger now call 000 or go to your nearest police station.

How we can help you

We take family safety very seriously, which is why we have services to help victim-survivors of family violence, people applying for intervention orders (called 'applicants') as well as support for people who have orders taken out against them ('respondents')  and men looking to change their behaviour.

Our supportive services are free, confidential, and non-judgemental. And if we can't help you directly, we'll find people who can.

Applicant/victim-survivor support

We can help you to navigate the justice system and the social services system.  Assistance includes:

  • Crisis accommodation referrals
  • Assistance with Centrelink and other welfare benefits
  • Financially counselling services
  • General counselling
  • Mental health support
  • Victims' of crime assistance
  • Legal information and representation 
  • Emotional support. 

Safety at the NJC

Your safety is very important to us, and there's a number of ways we can care of you while you're at the NJC, including:

  • Quiet Rooms: at risk applicants have use of rooms that only staff has access to. You can meet your lawyers, and wait for your time in court behind secure doors.
  • Arriving/leaving the building: we can organise to bring you into the NJC and out again safely. Talk to your lawyer or call us on 9948 8777 to discuss your safety needs.
  • Pre-court tour:  coming to court can be unnerving so you can tour the court and meet staff before your scheduled appearance. This way you'll know what to expect, where to go, and who to talk to. Call us on 9948 8777 to organise a tour.

 

 

LGBTIQ Family Violence Applicant Practitioner 

Our LGBTIQ Family Violence Applicant Practitioner can provide the following:

  • Safety planning for you and your family
  • Discussion about immediate and ongoing support needs
  • Non-legal information about the court processes and outcomes
  • Assistance engaging with the court registrars, legal representatives, Victoria Police
  • Referrals to services (such as mental health services, family support services, financial counselling, accommodation services, LGBTIQ specific services)
  • Other general support in the lead up to and on the day of court
  • Some follow up support after court

 

LGBTIQ Family Violence Respondent Practitioner

Our LGBTIQ Family Violence Respondent Practitioner can provide the following:

  • Safety planning for you and your family
  • Discussion about immediate and ongoing support needs
  • Non-legal information about the court processes and outcomes
  • Assistance engaging with the court registrars, legal representatives, Victoria Police
  • Referrals to services (such as behaviour change programs, mental health services, family support services, financial counselling, accommodation services, LGBTIQ specific services)
  • Other general support in the lead up to and on the day of court
  • Some follow up support after court

Contact us

 

Respondent support

We have a number of services here for respondents of family violence matters, and we encourage you to take the opportunity to speak to our teams.

Help includes:

  • Referrals to services including housing, addiction services, financial counselling, and men’s behaviour change programs
  • Referrals to behaviour change programs, including Caring Dads (External link)
  • Ongoing counselling and case management
  • Referrals to peer support networks
  • Information about the justice process 
  • Emotional support on the day of your hearing

Children and court

We 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 if you can.

Walking through our doors

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). 

Family safety services

Here's a list of excellent services. Many offer 24 hour a day support.

Understanding family violence 

Family violence (also known as domestic violence) is behaviour that creates fear, is controlling, and/or causes physical harm.

You may think family violence only refers to physical abuse, usually caused by a husband or male partner hurting his wife/female partner.  

In reality, the abusive person can be a husband, son, wife, daughter, brother, sister, de facto partner, other family member, including ex-partners/spouses. And the person (or people) at the receiving end can also be the wife, daughter, son, brother, sister, mother, father or any other member of the family.

And family violence comes in many forms, including.

  • Physical assault, such as hitting, pushing, burning, choking, rough or neglectful care giving.
  • Sexual violence, such as forced to perform sexual acts.
  • Financial abuse, such as withholding money, food, medicine, property damage, or dowry-related abuse.
  • Social isolation, such as cutting people off from family, friends, work, community life.
  • Psychological/verbal abuse, such as threats, repeated put downs, name calling, sexist, racist, ageist, homophobic abuse, or abuse about physical capabilities.
  • Property damage, such as wrecking furniture, kicking in doors, breaking windows.

You do not have to be the direct target of these behaviors to be a victim. Witnessing, hearing or being affected in any way can be just as bad as being the 'primary' victim, and this is particularly true for children. 

We should all live in safe homes. Family violence is wrong, and no matter who you are or where you are from, you do not have to live with it.