This free booklet is for people who are experiencing family violence. It has information about steps you can take to make sure you and your children are safe in your family and where to get help.
We have information on family violence in Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese.
From 25 November 2017, any current intervention order made in Victoria will be recognised in all other states and territories in Australia even if the order was made before that date.
Correction to this booklet
This booklet has an error on page 9. It says that a magistrate cannot exclude someone from your home unless you agree. However, a magistrate can order the person who used family violence (called 'the respondent') to stay away from your home. A magistrate can make this order if it is needed to keep you safe, even if it is not what you want. The magistrate's decision will depend on your circumstances.
If you need advice, visit our web page Other support for violence, abuse and personal safety.
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Applying for a family violence intervention order
How to apply for a family violence intervention order.
Parenting arrangements, child contact and child support
How to make arrangements for the ongoing responsibilities of children if you are separating, including the financial support paid by parents to help with the costs of a child aged under 18.
The law says children and young people must be protected from harm, including child abuse.
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Reviewed 17 February 2023