Domestic Violence

GCLC domestic violence lawyers offer free of charge, supportive, confidential services for those suffering family domestic violence.

GCLC domestic violence lawyers’ assistance includes but isn’t limited to:

  • Advising the most appropriate action to be taken for the client
  • Applications to the Magistrates Court for Family Violence Restraining Orders (FVRO)
  • Subject to capacity, representation of clients in court to attempt to resolve issues without the matter going to trial.
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Duty Lawyer Service for Violence Restraining Order Applicants

Duty Lawyers provide advice at Armadale Magistrates Court on a weekly basis.  This service assists applicants with family violence restraining order matters.

Lawyers provide advice to applicants at the ex parte stage of their violence restraining order (VRO) application. Once clients fill out their initial application and affidavit they go before the Magistrate to determine whether they will be granted an interim VRO. 

GCLC provides assistance to applicants at the mention hearing stage of the application.  This is the hearing after the respondent has objected to the VRO. The duty lawyer will assist applicants with negotiations with the respondent and with various options to settle it or set the matter down for a trial.

Useful links:

Restraining orders information and documentation.


Family violence restraining orders information /find-legal-answers/restraining-orders/restraining-orders/family-violence-restraining-orders-fvros

Women’s family and domestic violence service

Sexual assault counselling services /Other-Services/SARC

Starick House Womens’ Refuge /services/

24-hour Domestic violence and sexual violence helpline. Call 1800 737 732

You can request an appointment by completing this form.

Appointments can also be requested by contacting our office by phone or email.