Legislation around family violence has recently been amended under the Family Violence Protection Amendment Act 2014. This means some conditions pertaining to Family Violence Intervention Orders (FVIOs) and Family Violence Safety Notices (FVSNs) has recently changed in Victoria. Attention to the case of Rosie Batty in the media and the subsequent Royal Commission into family violence has placed a spotlight on how interventions are conducted. This article reviews both FVSNs and FVIOs and then explains the recent changes made to both.
What is a Family Violence Safety Notice (FVSN)?
Family Violence Safety Notices (FVSNs) were introduced to Victoria in 2008 in order to give police more power when responding to calls regarding intimate partner and family violence. A Safety Notice can be issued by a Police Officer of the rank of Sergeant or above and they improve individuals/families safety because they:
The benefit of the FVSN is that it offers immediate protection to individuals and families and provides an avenue for the Police to respond quickly without having to wait for an intervention order to be processed by the Court.
What is a Family Violence Intervention Order (FVIO)?
A FVIO can be applied for at the local Magistrates’ Court. Intervention orders include conditions to prevent the perpetrator from using family violence against the protected person. If the conditions of an intervention order are breached the Police can press criminal charges against the perpetrator. If an individual or family needs protection immediately they can apply for an interim intervention order. Interim orders are short term orders that apply until a Magistrate can hear the evidence from all parties and make a final decision.
The Family Violence Protection Amendment Act 2014
The Family Violence Protection Amendment Act 2014 has made changes to the conditions of both FVSNs and FVIOs. Changes were made due to aspects of the legislation being recognised as illogical and/or limiting.
Amendments to FVIOs are as follows:
Amendments to FVSNs are as follows:
This article was written by: Caroline Gale from Resolve Conflict.