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What is a family violence intervention order?
A family violence intervention order is also called an FVIO, an intervention order, an IVO or a restraining order. It protects you and your children from a member of your family who may behave in a way that is violent, abusive or threatening. The family member who is inflicting family violence could be a partner, parent, child or other close relative. If they breach an intervention order they can be arrested immediately.
There are special rules that allow you to apply for a family violence intervention order quickly if you need. Our family lawyers can guide you on the best way to do this to protect yourself and your family.
When should a family violence intervention order be sought?
You can apply for an intervention order in Victoria if a family member has been or has threatened to be violent towards you. You can also apply for an FVIO if you feel scared or unsafe. Under the law this is called family violence.
Family violence includes:
- Hitting you;
- Pushing you;
- Threatening to hurt you;
- Forcing you to have sex with them;
- Calling you names;
- Making it difficult for you to access money;
- Controlling who you see; and
- Making you do something or preventing you from doing something.
What are intervention order conditions?
Family violence intervention orders in Victoria have conditions attached to them. These conditions list out what someone can or can’t do if there is an FVIO against them. Intervention order conditions can include preventing them from:
Coming within 200 metres of you or your children;
Coming within 200 metres of your home, workplace, school or childcare centre;
Doing any acts of violence against you;
Calling, emailing, texting or contacting you in any way;
Physically damaging your property or house;
Trying to find or follow you;
Publishing anything on the internet or via social media about you; or
Getting anyone else to do any of the things they’re not allowed to do under the intervention order.
What should I do if I need an intervention order immediately?
If you believe you need protection now, please don’t wait. You can go to the police in Melbourne or Ballarat and ask them to apply for an interim intervention order for you. If you’ve called 000 or the police already, they can issue a family violence intervention order on the spot when they see you if they believe you are in immediate threat.
Once you have an interim intervention order in place, you can call the Magistrates Court directly to make an appointment to apply for an FVIO. Our family lawyers can also help you apply for an intervention order that lasts longer, usually up to 12 months.