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  • Jane Holford

Family Violence Law Help is now live!

Australians affected by domestic and family violence now have access to a new national website offering comprehensive and trusted legal information, to inform them about their legal rights, and where to get help.

Last month, National Legal Aid launched 'Family Violence Law Help', its new website for people affected by domestic and family violence. It is funded by the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department.

The website offers valuable information about:

  • Domestic and family violence (what it is, how it affects kids, myths and more)

  • Family Advocacy and Support Service (how your family can access support at court)

  • Get help (find services for legal advice, housing, support and more)

  • Intervention Orders (also known as IVO’s, domestic violence orders, FVO’s, ADVO’s or restraining orders)

  • Family Law (arrangements for kids, divorce, dividing property, child support and more

  • Child protection law (when kids are at risk of harm or can be removed from their family)

These topics can span over many different state and federal legal jurisdictions, which can be confusing for many litigants. Family Violence Law Help is designed as a starting point to give simple, clear information.

Resources and downloadable fact sheets are available in plain language to give answers to commonly asked questions, such as ‘how do I prepare for court, ‘how do IVO’s get made’, ‘’what will happen if I have an IVO against me’, and ‘what can I do to help me get my children back’?


Attorney-General Christian Porter has said that “[Family Violence Law Help] is an important resource for those impacted by family violence and are unsure about their legal rights and how to start navigating their way through the legal system.

Legal proceedings can be stressful and intimidating enough for most people as it is, and that stress can be compounded when you are also fearful for your personal safety.

The [website] provides the critical legal information that vulnerable Australians need to move forward in the right direction.”


The full media release can be accessed here: