Family violence and the law

Family Violence and the Law

Understand family violence intervention orders and develop practical tips for providing trauma-informed assistance to victim survivors of family violence.  Learn to identify the dynamics of family violence and when family violence may matter to the legal assistance you provide, and strategies for sensitive engagement.

You will learn:

  • Understand the dynamics of family violence, identify evidence-based risk factors and apply this knowledge to your area of legal practice
  • Apply a trauma-informed approach to ask clients about family violence
  • Explain the court process and conditions of Family Violence Intervention Orders to your client
  • Identify common intersections between family violence law and other areas of law, and why this matters to the legal assistance provided
  • Avoid collusion with perpetration of family violence when providing perpetrators with legal assistance
  • Apply practical strategies to support clients’ access to help for their family violence legal, safety and recovery needs
  • Refer clients to services and collaborate with other practitioners/organisations in Victoria’s family violence response system
Who is this for?

Community Legal Centre lawyers who work in an area other than family violence


Online training – you will be sent a Zoom link


This training runs over 2 consecutive half days.


Day 1 – 9:30am – 1:00pm

Day 2 – 9:30am- 1:00pm


$50+GST and BF

“It was enormously valuable training. I really felt that it was the perfect balance of the technical skills I needed in understanding family violence law, and a broad and generous view of the intricacies of family violence.”

“I will be more mindful of perpetrators tactics and have different ways to deal with such tactics”

Upcoming dates

There are currently no upcoming dates. Email [email protected] to be added to the waitlist.


Our office is closed

We will reopen at 9am Monday 8 January 2024.


You can contact Victoria Legal Aid for legal support or Safe Steps for family violence support. 


Our duty lawyer services will continue during this period. Please contact your local court if you need legal help at court.


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