National Family Violence Website

A new website available dedicated to assisting people affected by family violence. National Legal Aid in conjunction with the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department has invested in creating this website.

The new national website for people wanting to understand the law in Australia, and where to find help.

The website has free, easy to understand information about:

Domestic and Family Violence

  • What is it
  • Myths and understanding
  • How does it affect children
  • Online safety
  • Staying safe
  • What is elder abuse

Family Law

  • How does the system work
  • Arrangement for children
  • Divorce and separation
  • Dividing property after you separate
  • What is spousal or defacto maintenance
  • How to get child support
  • Fears for your safety at court
  • How to prepare for court

Child Protection

  • What is it
  • How does the Department get information about my family
  • Tips for working with the department
  • What will happen if the Department decides to remove my children
  • Going to court
  • What can I do to help me get my child back
  • What can I do if I am unhappy with the decision made by the court
  • Things have changed and I want my child back, what can I do?
  • Who do I call if I’m worried a child is at risk of harm?

Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders

  • What is it
  • How do Domestic Violence Orders get made?
  • What can it stop
  • What happens in court
  • How do I get my stuff back
  • What happens if someone breaks an order
  • Can I change, end or extend the order
  • What will happen if I move interstate?
  • Can I make arrangements for children when there’s an order?
  • What happens to a person’s visa if there’s domestic and family violence?

The website can be translated into different languages. It also contains useful factsheets that can be downloaded or printed.

If you are experiencing family violence or wish to know more on this subject, visit or contact CopperTree Family Law on (02) 4369 6838 for further information.

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