Dealing with family & domestic violence

Violence or abusive behaviour is never an acceptable way of dealing with relationship problems. If you are experiencing family and domestic violence, you are not alone – help is available.

If you are concerned for your safety whilst going through family law proceedings, you can contact the family law courts to ask about a safety plan.

When making parenting orders, the court will consider the best interests of the child. The Family Law Act prioritises the safety of children by giving greater weight to the protection of children from harm when determining what is in their best interests.

This section provides information for people who are separating and are affected by family violence.