Seeking a family violence intervention order may be an appropriate step where you or someone you care for is being subjected to family violence.
Caroline Granger, Family Lawyer at Robertson Hyetts Solicitors explains that ‘according to the law, family violence has a very broad definition and not only includes physical violence but also includes emotional and psychological abuse. Seeking a family violence intervention order is a very good way to keep both yourself and your children safe’.
Caroline has been involved in helping many people remove themselves from situations of family violence and says that ‘applying for a family violence order should be a relatively straight forward process. People can either report the violence directly to the police or apply directly to the Magistrates’ Court’.
The Court and the Police have the power to put immediate protections in place. Caroline advises that ‘the Police can issue a Family Violence Safety Notice to provide immediate protection or the Court can issue an Interim Family Violence Order.’
A Magistrate will then formally hear the matter and decide whether a Final Family Violence Protection Order should be put in place, which sets out clear rules about whether contact is allowed and what sort of contact this is.
‘In deciding whether to issue a Final Order and what protections should be put in place, a Magistrate must be satisfied that it is more likely than not that the family violence occurred and it is likely to re-occur’ explains Caroline.
If you or someone you care about needs advice about how to apply for a Family Violence Order, please make a time to see Caroline at Robertson Hyetts in Bendigo or Castlemaine by calling 03 5434 6666 or 03 5472 1588.