Victoria Legal Aid

How to respond to a family violence intervention order

Published 2020-03-01

About this booklet

This free booklet explains:

  • what family violence is
  • family violence intervention orders how an order can affect you
  • the role of the police
  • what happens at court
  • ending or changing an intervention order.

Important updates

From 1 February 2023, the appeals process has changed. To appeal the magistrate's decision about a final order, you will need to show that the magistrate made an error when deciding your case. You must appeal within 30 days of the magistrate's decision.

If you want to appeal, get legal advice first. Visit Other support for violence, abuse and personal safety.

From August 2023, if a respondent breaches an undertaking, an applicant can no longer take an earlier application back to court. They will need to make a new intervention order application.

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Reviewed 19 March 2024