Intervention Order Lawyers Melbourne

Protecting your best interests with compassionate advocacy. Skilled support throughout your intervention order proceedings, dedicated to resolving your matter with skill and efficiency.

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Assisting Melbourne families with Intervention Orders

Domestic violence is a prevalent issue in Australia, affecting a significant percentage of cases in family law proceedings. We understand the complexities involved and are dedicated to providing compassionate legal support to those affected by family violence.

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Our lawyers will help guide you through the legal process

If you’re experiencing family violence in Melbourne, our team of experienced intervention order lawyers is here to guide you through the legal process, ensuring your safety and wellbeing are protected.

If you wish to make an intervention order application or are navigating a family law matter where family violence is a factor, our team will work with you to facilitate an outcome that is in the best interests of you and your family.

Empathetic & compassionate guidance in difficult times

Managing family violence and intervention orders can be frightening and overwhelming. We understand that this experience can leave many unsure of where to turn and how to protect family members, especially children involved.

As an affected person (a person experiencing violence), you may have to navigate intervention order applications as well as report any intervention order breaches (prohibited behaviour), while also maintaining your personal safety. If you have had an order made against you and believe it is unjust, you may need to appeal the decision. Family violence intervention orders can have a significant effect on family law matters, especially if the protected persons are your children.

Our team understands the challenges and will provide compassionate and practical guidance at every step, ensuring you feel safe and supported.

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At Testart Family Law, our Melbourne lawyers combine expertise with compassion when handling Intervention Orders. We recognise the challenges involved in such matters and endeavour to reduce stress while supporting our clients.

From your first consultation to resolving your case, we prioritise your wellbeing above all else. Reach out to Testart Family Law today for a complimentary appointment and learn how we can assist you through this challenging process.

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Be Guided With Sensitivity and Efficiency

Every situation is unique, and we will work with you and your family to address your immediate and long-term concerns.

Whether you’re seeking protection for yourself, your children, or other family members or are faced with allegations of family violence, we’ll guide you through with clarity and empathy. We’ll ensure that you make informed decisions that safeguard the wellbeing of you and your loved ones. Take the first step towards resolution—schedule a complimentary appointment with us today.

Work With Testart Family Lawyers

At Testart Family Law, our Melbourne-based intervention order lawyers blend expertise with compassion to address your unique situation. We comprehend the difficulties involved in seeking and responding to Family Violence Intervention Orders and strive to minimise stress while working towards a positive outcome.

Step 1: Book Your Free Appointment

Reach out to Testart Family Lawyers in Melbourne to arrange your free initial consultation.


Step 2: We'll Develop a Plan of Action

During your consultation, we will look at the specifics of your matter and outline the best course of action, prioritising safety at all times.


Step 3: Engage Us As Your Trusted Guide

Work with our highly experienced team to navigate the intervention order process with peace of mind.

Book Your Free Appointment

Let Testart Family Lawyers support you through this challenging time. Get in touch today to book your first consultation – free.

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23 Milton Parade

Malvern VIC 3144

Open Hours - By Appointment

Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm

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What our clients have to say

claire simm
claire simm
3 November 2023
I can highly recommend this firm, in particular Abbey who I met with. She was extremely knowledgeable & experienced & very helpful to talk to. She gave me so much of her time (as the initial consultation is free of charge) & was able to answer all my questions. She displayed great kindness & sensitivity & has a lovely warm nature but also made me feel confident in what she was saying. Thank you so much Abbey, I’m so grateful for your help 🙏😊
Travis McNamara
Travis McNamara
4 September 2023
Marc & Julia were kind, considerate and compassionate in discussing my legal needs, and helping me to navigate what has been a stressful time. I wouldn’t have any hesitation in recommending the firm to friends, family or anyone that is seeking support from an organisation that truly operates with heart. That is a rare quality, and I certainly appreciated it.
Daniela Resel
Daniela Resel
17 April 2023
Testart is exactly the legal team for you if you are a person who values high end Family Lawyers who will uniquely design your legal case for the best outcome. Testart will not absorb your finances and in fact the finance team will keep you on target . The most outstanding service you will ever come across. The team is knowledgeable and will never make a commitment they will not deliver. I appreciated and noted despite how crippling my situation was, Testart supported me beyond just representing me as client. If you are a woman, and lost in the process of seeking family law advice, please give them a call. They will listen with compassion and provide several solutions for your situation. I honestly was surprised how important my case was viewed and I never felt alone nor unprotected. Testart removed the unnecessary stress for my safety and security as they are well equipped in all elements of Family Law and placed high importance for the protection /safety/ wellbeing of my children and immediate family members.
Appu Ryan
Appu Ryan
31 January 2023
Thank you Marc, Abbey Stephanie for being there solving my concerns. Abbey I do not have words for the immense support you gave me from the start to the Finish all the way through. A highly professional team with Integrity. Once again I Thank all of you and Wish you all the very best with all the blessings for an excellent leading career. Remember In Prayers.
Tanya Veto
Tanya Veto
25 July 2022
After two long years of frustration with another lawyer, I finally made my way to Marc, Abbey and Steph. They were able to get things moving and within three months my case was settled. I cannot thank them enough for their care and kindness along with their expert knowledge. I highly recommend Testart Family Lawyers.
pinkle patel
pinkle patel
6 April 2022
Marc was great in assisting with the family dispute matters. He is an exceptional lawyer with a great calibre. He was very attentive and supportive during the difficult time of my complex matter. I deeply thank Testart Family for helping to reach a solution after a long battle of years. Highly recommend Marc for his compassion and professionalism towards the family law dispute.
Sarah Blee
Sarah Blee
13 February 2022
I recently engaged Testart Family Lawyers to assist with the preparation of a Binding Financial Agreement and could not have been happier with the advice and service I received. Marc is approachable, compassionate, knowledgable and an expert in his field. I highly recommend Testart Family Lawyers to anyone needing a family lawyer.
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kangaroo logs
1 February 2022
Marc Tesart is very cooperative and understanding. Client satisfaction is their priority.
Christine D
Christine D
20 September 2021
It has been a great pleasure to choose Testart Family Lawyers to represent me for my legal matter. Marc and his team have been very professional, knowledgeable and efficient throughout my legal proceeding. I cannot express how thankful i am to Marc and his team in helping with my matter. I highly recommend Testart Family Lawyers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I’m dealing with Family Violence?

If you are experiencing family violence – including physical or mental harm, emotional, psychological, sexual or economic abuse – it’s crucial to get help as soon as possible.

If your situation is urgent, please contact:

An interim intervention order application can be made by the police or through the Victorian courts. Our team can assist you with this, as well as seeking a full intervention order, which can also cover any children or other family member involved.

What is defined as domestic or family violence?

Family violence, which was commonly referred to as domestic violence for many years, is any act of abuse or violence that takes place within the home, or within an intimate relationship. This may be in a marriage, de facto relationship or a family setting.

Family violence includes:

  • Physical violence or abuse
  • Sexual violence or abuse
  • Coercive control
  • Emotional abuse
  • Mental and psychological abuse
  • Threats of harm, including harming others, a pet or damaging property
  • Financial abuse
  • Stalking, harassment and surveillance – in person, online and via phone calls
  • Having another person make threats or take action in any of these areas

How does Family Violence affect divorce and separation matters?

Family violence is a very sensitive topic, and yet it is unfortunately common to hear of during divorce, parenting matters and family court proceedings. The Family Violence Protection Act of 2008 was put in place to foster safety and protection for those experiencing family violence. It was also designed to improve the accountability rates for those who perpetrate personal and family violence.

Family violence can significantly affect family law matters, especially if an affected family member is a child of the affected family member who has an intervention order in place. This can mean that the parent whom the order has been made against may have limited access, if any, to children affected by family violence. This system was designed to give both lasting and immediate protection to families experiencing family violence.

Recent changes to the Family Law Act have placed more emphasis on how family violence will impact family law proceedings. If you are facing Family Court matters and have an intervention order preventing you from seeing your ex-partner and children, it’s crucial to seek legal advice and ensure no breaches are made to the order, as they will taken into account when family law matters are decided.

What is the Family Violence Protection Act?

The Family Violence Protection Act is legislation enacted in Victoria, Australia, aimed at addressing and preventing family violence. It provides a legal framework for obtaining intervention orders to protect individuals and families from harm.

The act defines various forms of family violence, outlines the process for obtaining intervention orders, and establishes provisions for support services and legal assistance for victims. It also imposes penalties for breaching intervention orders and emphasises the importance of prioritising the safety and wellbeing of victims.

Do I have to attend court for an intervention order hearing?

If you have applied for an intervention order, you don’t need to attend the court date if your safety is at risk. Family violence orders can be made on your behalf in your absence. Please speak to the Magistrates Courts administration team, your lawyer and the police making an order on your behalf to ensure your personal safety is placed first.

If you have had an order placed on you, it’s necessary to attend court or to have someone represent you. Please talk to our team of Melbourne lawyers about how we can best support you when navigating intervention order matters.

What should I do if a Family Violence Intervention Order (FVIO) has been placed on me and I feel it’s unfair?

During an intervention order court hearing at the Magistrates Court, evidence will be presented, and both parties will have the opportunity to state their case. Expert intervention order lawyers can represent you and advocate on your behalf. The court will consider all evidence and determine whether to grant or dismiss the intervention order based on the circumstances presented.

Is a Family Violence Intervention Order (FVIO) the same as having criminal charges, or a criminal record?

No, a Family Violence Intervention Order (FVIO) is not the same as having criminal charges or a criminal record. However, breaching an intervention order is a serious criminal offence that can result in criminal charges and penalties. It’s essential to abide by the terms of the intervention order to avoid further legal consequences.

What happens if an intervention order is breached?

Intervention orders can carry serious penalties for being breached, which may result in criminal prosecution. Domestic violence charges can carry years, even decades in prison if the maximum penalty is received.

If you have an order in place that is being breached, contact the police and your legal support team. If you have breached an order, seek legal advice.

How do I get a Family Violence Intervention Order (FVIO) or Personal Safety Intervention Order (PSIO) in Victoria?

To obtain a Family Violence Intervention Order or Personal Safety Intervention Order in Victoria, you will need to make an application through the Magistrates Court. Police can also make this request if they feel it is warranted, which will result in an interim intervention order being issued.

It’s advisable to seek legal advice from expert intervention order lawyers who can assist you with the application process and represent you in court proceedings if necessary. They can ensure that your application is properly prepared and supported by relevant evidence.

What is the difference between an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) and an Intervention Order (IVO)?

An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) and an Intervention Order (IVO) serve similar purposes but differ in terminology depending on the state or territory. In Victoria, they are referred to as Family Violence Intervention Orders (FVIOs) or Personal Safety Intervention Orders (PSIOs). Both types of orders aim to protect individuals from violence or threats, but the terminology may vary depending on the jurisdiction.

Does an Intervention Order show on a police check in Victoria?

Yes, an Intervention Order (IVO) may show on a police check in Victoria, depending on the type of check conducted. It’s considered a civil order rather than a criminal conviction, but it may still appear on certain types of police checks, such as a National Police Certificate or a Working with Children Check.

How long is an Intervention Order valid in Victoria?

The duration of an Intervention Order (IVO) in Victoria depends on the specific circumstances of the case and the type of order imposed. In some cases, an interim order may be issued temporarily until a final order is determined. Final orders can have varying lengths, typically ranging from months to years, depending on the severity of the situation and the level of protection required.