Useful information

What is family violence?

Family and domestic violence is any violent, threatening, coercive or controlling behaviour that occurs in current or past family, domestic or intimate relationships. If a child witnesses abusive behaviour or is exposed to the impacts of this, they are a victim of family violence in their own right. 

 

Family violence can be:

  • limiting your control of money, e.g. by giving you a spending allowance or stopping you from working.
  • threatening to hurt your family, friends, pets or themselves.
  • threatening to tell others about your sexuality or personal information.
  • checking to see what you’re doing all of the time.
  • physically hurting you, breaking objects or using force to scare you.
  • putting you down, calling you names, making you feel worthless.
  • criticising or controling decisions you make.
  • threatening to cancel your visa.
  • stopping you from seeing other people or connecting to culture.
  • wanting to access your personal messages, phone or social media.

Family violence intervention orders

A Family Violence Intervention Order (FVIO) can help protect you and your family from a family member who is violent to you.

Separation and Divorce

Legal information about separating from your partner or getting a divorce.

Property Settlement

Legal information about dividing things you own and things you owe money on when you and your partner separate.   

Children and Family Law

Legal information about making parenting arrangements for children after a separation or divorce.

Visas and family violence​

What to do if you are experiencing family violence while on a partner visa, temporary visa or if you do not have a visa.

Victims of Crime

Information about the rights of people who have suffered physical or emotional injury, or financial loss because of a crime. 

Further and better particulars

Information about how to write Further and Better Particulars.

Going to court

Information about going to court for a Family Violence Intervention Order (FVIO) hearing.

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