The statistics for family violence in Australia are alarming. At least one in three women and one in five men have experienced at least one incidence of family violence from a current or former partner. Family violence can be physical, emotional or financial and has a devastating effect on victims.
Melbourne Lawyers & Mediators adopts a compassionate and caring approach when dealing with clients who have been abused. We understand that this in an extremely traumatic, emotional and stressful time.
Our solicitors are highly skilled family violence practitioners whose priority is client safety and welfare.
What is a Family Violence Intervention Order?
A Family Violence Intervention Order (IVO) is an order made by the court that prohibits a respondent, or other party, from certain behavior such as harassment, stalking, intimidation, violence or the threat of violence. IVO’s are designed to provide protection to the victim from this type of behavior. They can be made by consent or if the court is satisfied that the person in need of protection fears violence or harassment by the defendant.
If you need to apply an Intervention Violence Order, or if somebody has applied for an IVO against you, it is recommended to seek legal advice from an experienced solicitor immediately.
What happens if someone tries to apply for an IVO against you?
If an IVO has been made against you and you wish to objects, the court will adjourn the matter for a contested hearing at a later date. Melbourne Lawyers & Mediators can guide you through the process, prepare a thorough brief and appear on your behalf to defend the allegations.
In some cases the Intervention Orders applications are resolved by being withdrawn and the respondent giving an undertaking to the court in similar terms as the intervention order. The undertaking is a promise to the court but not an order of the court.
Contact our lawyers for full consultation about intervention orders.