Domestic Violence Lawyers
Are you the victim of, or are you being accused of, Family Violence?
Our Domestic Violence Lawyers can guide you through this difficult time and advise what you need to do to protect yourself.
How can our experienced Domestic Violence Lawyers help?
We understand that this is a stressful and worrying time, and that you need experienced legal advice. We can:
- File or respond to a Domestic Violence Order – DVO
- Negotiate a DVO
- Represent you in court regarding a DVO
- Make urgent DVO applications
- Make urgent applications for Protection Orders
Our Family Lawyers are members of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Law Council of Australia Family Law Sections
What is an Intervention Order?
An intervention order is a court order made to protect a person from alleged or actual threatening, harassing, abusive, or violent behaviour made toward them by another person.
Serious penalties apply for:-
- Making false allegations
- Making false claims
- Distorting the facts
Imprisonment of up to 5 years can be given for making a false declaration. Until allegations are proven, they could lead to a defamation claim if any allegations are found to be untrue.
In Victoria, Intervention orders are known by different names:
- Family Violence Intervention Orders or IVOs
- Personal Safety Intervention Orders
- Personal Protection Orders
- Restraining Orders or Restraint Orders
- Apprehended Violence Orders or AVOs
- Domestic Violence Orders or DVOs
- Personal Violence Orders or PVOs
Depending on the circumstances, the conditions of your intervention order can be challenged or changed by the Magistrates’ Court. We recommend that you ask advice from our Domestic Violence Lawyers to make submissions regarding what conditions should apply.
How can I defend myself against an IVO?
If you have been served with an IVO, you have the legal right to make submissions to the Magistrate’s Court. We can assist with these submissions.
You must be careful not to breach the terms of the IVO whilst it is in place, as criminal charges can be laid against you.
We can provide clear legal advice about how the conditions apply to your situation, and guidance on your future options.
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