Family violence duty lawyer intensive

Family Violence Duty Lawyer Intensive

The Safer Families three-day duty lawyer intensive builds the capacity of family violence duty lawyers to provide high quality, trauma informed, effective advice and representation to family violence clients.


Over three days, you will gain in-depth understanding of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic), build skills in negotiation, advocacy, submissions, and court appearances. This course includes the invaluable experience of applying knowledge and practical skills in action through a simulated court day before a Magistrate.  

 At the end of the training you will:   

  • Understand how to use the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic) to advise and assist clients. 
  • Explain the family violence intervention order process to clients. 
  • Understand intersectionality and how to work with clients who face additional barriers to justice and how this can affect their experience of the court and legal system. 
  • Identify how the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic) interacts with the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth), provide advice to clients and make submissions to the court regarding these matters. 
  • Apply your gained knowledge and skills to effectively advocate for clients. 
  • Identify relevant services for your clients and collaborate with other practitioners/organisations in Victoria’s family violence response system to provide holistic assistance.   
Who is this for?

This training is best suited for generalist community legal assistance lawyers who want to enhance their practice supporting clients with intersecting family violence legal issues.   


This training runs over three days.

You must be able to attend all 3 days.

Day 1 – Online from 9:30am – 4:30pm

Day 2 – Online from 9:30am – 1:30pm

Day 3 – The moot court day will be in person from 9:00am – 5:00pm at a court in Melbourne CBD.



“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.


We understand practitioners have previously claimed continuing professional development (CPD) points for this course. CPD points that could potentially be claimed for this course are in the fields of: professional skills and substantive law.

If you have further questions, please contact [email protected] 

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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