Family Violence and Criminal Law Matters Under the New Stage 4 Restrictions – Q & A

Our office is continuing to operate and provide quality advice and representation to clients despite COVID-19 and the recent stage 4 restrictions announced by the Victorian State Government. We are available for phone and video conferences immediately and can assist you with criminal law and family violence matters during this uncertain time.

Whatever your situation, it’s important to know that help and support is available. You have a right to be safe and nobody deserves violence.

Family Violence matters are considered urgent and/or priority matter and the courts are still listing matters related to family violence and safety.


I need to apply for a family violence intervention order – what should I do? Call 000 if you are in immediate danger.Under stage 4 restrictions, you can leave your home to escape family violence.If there is no immediate danger, we can provide support and advice over the phone and provide you with your legal options.  Call our office on 1800 99 31 32 to speak to one of our lawyers.
What if I can’t attend Court for a FVIO application or hearing?You do not need to attend your hearing at Court.Most applications and hearings are proceeding in the Online Magistrates’ Court and on the papers. We can support you by representing you during your application and online hearing.  Please contact us if you want us to attend the hearing on your behalf before your Court date.
I have a family violence or personal safety intervention order matter listed for hearing – do I need to do anything beforehand?If you are an applicant, respondent or protected person in a family violence or personal safety intervention order matter currently listed for hearing, you need to notify the Court what you want to do with the application (accept or not accept the orders). This needs to be done before the Court date.  You should make an informed choice about the options available to you. If you are not sure about what to do, you can contact us to make these enquiries on your behalf and to be in contact with the Court.

For further information on what constitutes family violence and what a family violence intervention order can do, please visit our information page here.

If you need assistance, contact one of our lawyers for expert legal advice

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