Family Violence Law Help is a website by National Legal Aid for people affected by domestic and family violence. It has been funded by the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.
It was set up to help promote each State and Territory’s Family Advocacy and Support Service and to provide information for people affected by domestic and family violence.
In Australia, we have different laws and courts for issues that feel connected. You may find yourself involved in three separate legal systems. You may have:
• some family law issues, like making arrangements for your children, divorce, dividing property after separation or child support. Family law issues are usually dealt with in the Family Courts. Family law is the same across Australia, with some small differences in Western Australia
• a child protection agency involved with your family. The laws around child protection are different in each State and Territory, and matters are dealt with in the Children’s Court or Youth Court.
We understand how confusing this can be.
On this website, we’ve arranged topics by legal problem type. If you’re feeling lost, you can use our search bar up the top of the website.
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed and it’s important to get help and support when you feel ready. See our get help page for services that can help you with legal advice, financial help, counselling, emergency housing and more.
If you have experienced domestic and family violence, you’re not alone.
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