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A Family Violence Intervention Order (FVIO) is a court order that is granted by the Magistrates’ Court to protect a person from a family member who is perpetrating family violence.  A FVIO is designed to keep a people safe by setting conditions to stop a family member from behaving in certain way.

Family violence includes emotional, psychological, physical, sexual and financial abuse.   Family violence also includes controlling behaviour and/or behaviour that makes a family member fear for their safety.

How can you apply for a Family Violence Intervention Order

There are two ways you can obtain for FVIO:

  1. Attend your local Magistrates’ Court in Victoria; or
  2. Victoria Police can make an application for your protection in the event they hold concerns.

It is not uncommon for children to be named as protected persons on a FVIO if a child witnesses or is exposed to family violence – even if the behaviour has not been directed towards the children.

What happens if a Family Violence Intervention Order is breaching

A FVIO is a civil matter. However, if the conditions of a FVIO are broken, the respondent can be charged with a criminal offence. This is often referred to as breaching a FVIO.