Get help with family violence

Get help with family violence

Call us for free information about family violence intervention orders and how we can help you with your legal problem.

Phone 1300 792 387, Monday to Friday from 8.45 am to 5.15 pm.

If you need an interpreter let us know.

Our other free legal services include:

For some matters we can provide you with a lawyer to help you run your case.

Emergency help for people experiencing family violence

If you are experiencing family violence and the situation is urgent do not wait, contact the police on ‘000’.

Other organisations that can help

Legal services

Your local community legal centre can give you legal information and advice. Some centres also provide advice and representation at court. Most services are free.

The Women's Legal Service Victoria provides free confidential legal information, advice, representation and referral to women.

The Men’s Referral Service provides referrals and assistance to men who are victims of family violence.

The Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Service helps victims of family violence and sexual assault and works with families and communities affected by violence.

You can also find a private lawyer near you through the Law Institute of Victoria’s Legal Referral Service. All law firms included in the Legal Referral Service provide a free 30-minute interview. If you book an interview, write your questions down beforehand, so you get as much out of the free 30 minutes as possible. If you discuss getting further help from the lawyer, make sure you know how much it will cost.

Courts

The Family Violence Magistrates' Court of Victoria website can help you find nearest court to apply for an intervention order.

Many courts have support services that can help you on the day of your hearing.

Court Network volunteers support people at court. They are not lawyers and cannot give legal advice, but they can tell you about how court works. They can also make referrals to other community agencies for support after the hearing.

If you want to see a Court Network volunteer, tell the court staff. You can also ring them before you go to court.

Family violence and support services

Family violence services for people who wish to leave, or have left, a violent relationship are available from:

Services for respondents

The Men’s Referral Service works with people to help them change the way that they behave in relationships and to find alternatives to violent or harassing behaviour.

Mensline also helps men who are dealing with family violence.

Other services

Other services that may be able to help you are: