Family violence support

Call a VCAT family violence support worker on 03 9628 9856 during business hours.

Throughout your case, we can help minimise your contact with a person who has subjected you to personal or family violence. We do this by: 

  • keeping your contact details confidential
  • sending (serving) a copy of your application on your behalf to the person who subjected you to violence, if you ask us to 
  • arranging for you to appear at your hearing by telephone rather than in person

How a family violence support worker can help

Our family violence support worker can:

  • help you understand the VCAT process
  • help you complete an application form and send (serve) documents
  • connect you to other services for ongoing support
  • in some circumstances, support you during the VCAT hearing and provide remote witness facilities.

If your case goes to a hearing, a family violence support worker will work with you to ensure your safety at VCAT. They can attend the hearing with you for support but they must not speak for you or influence the decision. If you need legal advice or someone to speak on your behalf (represent you), these organisations can help:

Tenants Victoria
www.tenantsvic.org.au
03 9416 2577

Justice Connect
www.justiceconnect.org.au
1800 606 313

Victoria Legal Aid
www.legalaid.vic.gov.au  
1300 792 387

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
www.vals.org.au
1800 064 865

Family Violence Response 

Outside business hours, call Family Violence Response 1800 015 188 – available any time of the night or day, 24/7.

Alternatively, see the safe steps Family Violence Response Centre.

Changing your rental agreement or other orders because of personal or family violence

If you are affected by personal or family violence, you can apply to us to change a residential rental agreement or to make other decisions about, for example, a bond, repairs or compensation. See our Renting and intervention orders guide.

Safety

Residential tenancy cases

If you are experiencing (or have experienced) personal or family violence and are applying about a rental property, we automatically organise for you to appear in a hearing via phone conference for your safety.

You can ask to appear via video conference instead by contacting our family violence support worker.

All other cases

If you are concerned that a person named in your application may be a security risk at the hearing or you want to appear at the hearing from another place (known as a 'remote witness facility') for security reasons, complete the Security request form and submit it to us with your application.

Tell us if you are aware of a personal or family violence issue

If you are aware of a personal or family violence issue, tell the family violence support worker. They will work with the person at risk to ensure safety at the hearing and access to justice.