Intervention Order Lawyers
At Coulter Roache, we have a specialised Family & Relationship Law team dedicated to helping individuals and families seek protection through application for intervention orders. We understand this can be a challenging process and we are here to guide you every step of the way. The Coulter Roache Family & Relationship Law team assists clients throughout Geelong and Melbourne.
If you are in immediate need of assistance, please call emergency services on 000.
What type of Intervention Order do I need?
Our Family & Relationship Law team specialises in assisting individuals and families to get immediate protection by obtaining either:
- a Family Violence Intervention Order, for family violence committed by a family member or
- a Personal Safety Intervention Order for violence, or threats of violence by a non-family member.
Intervention Orders are also referred to as IVO’s, restraining orders and apprehended violence orders in various states and territories.
How much does an Intervention Order Cost?
Depending on your circumstances, our costs for a standard IVO up to and including the first Court date is $1,320 inc GST.
We offer a no cost initial consultation to review and discuss your situation, where your costs will be further determined.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What classifies as family violence?
Family violence may take a number of forms, and is not limited to physical violence. Family violence also encompasses any behaviour that exposes a child to any of the behaviours listed below. This includes but is not limited to:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional or psychological abuse
- Financial abuse or control
- Threatening behaviour
- Coercive behaviour
- Controlling or dominating behaviour that causes that person to fear for their safety or wellbeing or that of another person
How does an Intervention Order protect me?
Intervention Orders provide protection by requiring the perpetrator to refrain from engaging in particular behaviours. They impose prohibitions, restrictions and other conditions upon the perpetrator which are designed to prevent contact and instances of family violence reoccurring.
When making an application for a Family Violence Intervention Order, the victim is able to specify the particular conduct they want to cease and tailor the conditions to suit their particular circumstances.
I need protection from a family member urgently – what are my options?
If you require immediate protection, a police officer can issue what is referred to as a Family Violence Safety Notice on the spot upon attendance at a police station or by telephone. The Safety Notice provides temporary protection until the matter goes to court.
Otherwise, an application is made at the Magistrates’ Court by the affected family member, or occasionally a police officer on that person’s behalf. Upon the application hearing, a magistrate may make an Interim Intervention Order if he/she believes the person is not safe and requires immediate protection. An interim order provides short-term protection until the matter returns to the court and the magistrate has the opportunity to hear all the evidence and determine whether the person requires ongoing protection. The interim Intervention Orders last until a magistrate decides whether or not to make a final order.
What about non-family members?
If you require an Intervention Order for a non-family member, we can assist you with obtaining a Personal Safety Intervention Order. This is for protection against assault, sexual assault, harassment, property damage or interference with property, stalking and serious threats. If you have experienced any form of assault or violence, contact the police as soon as possible. The Coulter Roache family law team is here to help, so please contact us with any questions and concerns about your individual situation.