The courts place a priority on safety and can assist with the safety of you and your family when attending court.

If you have any concerns for your safety it is important you let the courts know well before the day your court event, conference or hearing is scheduled.

You can inform the courts by:

  • using Live Chat at www.familycourt.gov.au or www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au
  • emailing enquiries@familylawcourts.gov.au  or
  • calling 1300 352 000

You can discuss your concerns with a staff member. They will ask you a few questions and discuss what arrangements are needed to enable you to participate in court events safely.

Where possible you should call at least five days before your court event so arrangements can be made for your safety.

If there is an existing family violence order it should be provided to the courts as soon as possible.

If you have concerns about your safety outside the Court or have any questions about family violence, the courts recommend you contact one of the following:

  •  the police
  • your lawyer, or
  • one of the services listed on the back of this flyer.

The courts encourage you to contact the services listed for further information and advice, including options for remaining safe outside the Court.

Some aspects of family violence may be a criminal offence and you may need to report these to police or child protection authorities.

For more information about how the courts deal with family violence go to: www.familycourt.gov.au or www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au

Further assistance

ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service (24 Hours) 02 6280 0900
NSW Domestic Violence Line 1800 656 463
NT

Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) (24 Hours) 08 8922 6472

Domestic Violence Counselling Service 08 8945 1388

Lifeline Top-end 131 114

Alice Springs – Women’s Shelter 08 8952 6075

Qld

Brisbane Domestic Violence Advocacy Service 07 3217 2544

DV Connect Womensline 1800 811 811

DV Connect Mensline 1800 811 811

SA

Domestic Violence Crisis Service (24 Hours) 1300 782 200

Domestic Violence Helpline (24 Hours) 1800 800 098

Tas Family Violence Response and Referral Line 1800 633 937
Vic

Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service 1800 015 188

The Men’s Referral Service 1300 766 491

WA

Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline (24 Hours) 08 9223 1188 or 1800 007 339

Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline (24 Hours) 08 9223 1199 or 1800 000 599

NATIONAL

Police (Assistance) 131 444

Police (Emergency) 000

1800RESPECT 1800 737 732           www.1800respect.org.au

National family violence and sexual assault counselling service. 

Mensline 1300 789 978

White Ribbon whiteribbon.org.au