Family violence matters
Going to court for a family violence intervention order matter? Find out what you may expect, and how to prepare for it.
You will get an application and summons or family violence safety notice that tells you the date and time of your court hearing. A hearing is when a magistrate listens to your application for an intervention order.
The first hearing date must be within 14 days after a safety notice is issued.
If there is an application and summons, the hearing date is usually several weeks after the applicant applies for an intervention order. It may be sooner if the respondent has been bailed or is in custody. We have more information on how:
- an applicant can prepare for the hearing
- an affected family member can prepare for the hearing
- a respondent can prepare for the hearing.
For information on the personal safety intervention order (a court order to protect a person, their children and their property from another person who is not a family member), see the personal safety intervention order page.
This is not a full list of legislation associated with this topic. See the Victorian Government's legislation website for more information.