Safety help & non-violence courses

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Help for people who have experienced domestic violence, and non-violence courses for people who are named in a Protection Order, are available around the country. The course is free.

Safety help

You’re able to get free and confidential safety services if:

  • you’re a victim of a charge related to domestic violence in a criminal court
  • you’ve applied for a Protection Order through the Family Court and are waiting for a decision.

Services are designed to help you deal with the effects of the violence, feel more confident and move forward with your life. They'll explain how to keep safe and provide practical information about how Protection Orders work.

The services are for adults only and are available by phone or face-to-face.

Courses to help children

There are also courses for children to help them cope with the effects violence has had on them and their family. Although these courses cover serious issues, they’re interactive and supportive.

How to get access to a course

If you would like a course for you or your children, talk to your lawyer or to court staff. They'll make sure you get access to the course nearest you. There's no time limit on the availability of a safety course for a protected person (adult or child). The only requirement is that the Protection Order is still in force.

Non-violence courses

When a Protection Order is made usually the court will tell the violent person (called the respondent) to go to a non-violence course. The violent person will get information about the non-violence course when they get the Protection Order. This will tell them when and where they have to go.

Non-violence courses focus on:

  • the effects of domestic violence on others
  • skills for living without violence.

A person can attend a course on their own, or as part of a group. They must go regularly. Usually a course will run for a few months. Non-violence courses are free if a judge has said the person has to go. If someone is ordered to go and doesn’t they could be charged with a crime. They can object to going within 10 days of being told to go.

Respond to a Protection Order

You can find and use these non-violence courses at low cost even if you’re not involved in a Protection Order.

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