Course details – Family Violence Duty Lawyer Intensive

Family Violence Duty Lawyer Intensive

Specifically for family violence duty lawyers, this training gives participants practical strategies to use the Family Violence Protection Act for advocacy and negotiation. This multi-day course includes the invaluable experience of applying knowledge and practical skills into action through a simulated court day before a Magistrate. 

You will learn:

  • How to use the Family Violence Protection Act to assist clients
  • How to succinctly explain the intervention order process to clients
  • How intersectionality and working with clients who face additional barriers to justice can affect their experience of the court and legal system
  • How the Family Violence Protection Act interacts with the Family Law Act and how to make submissions regarding these matters at the Magistrates Court
  • How to be an effective advocate
Who is this for?

Community legal centre lawyers with less than 2 years’ experience working as a duty lawyer in Family Violence Intervention Order matters


This training runs over three days.


You must be able to attend all 3 days.


The first two days will be online from 9:30-1:30 pm. The moot court day will be in person from 9:30-4:30 pm at the Melbourne Magistrates Court (if available)



“Everything was useful, the constructive feedback from the Magistrates was fantastic. Also being able to draw on the wealth of knowledge of all the WSLV staff.”

“I’ll be better able to inform my family law clients that may also have family violence intervention orders as well. I’ll also be a lot more confident in my ability to provide duty lawyer services.”

Upcoming dates

This course is currently sold out. Email [email protected] to be added to the waitlist.