Defining Family Violence

May 31, 2009

The Victoria Legal Aid “New Laws” at

Recent changes to the law have broadened the definition of “family violence”, to now include economic abuse and emotional and psychological abuse. Temporary on-the-spot after hours protection, issued by police, against respondents, where there are no other orders in place and they are necessary to ensure safety, preserve property or protect a child. These are called Family Violence Protection Notices and last until the matter can be brought to Court at the earliest opportunity for the purpose of applying for an Intervention Order.

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