Do you have fears for your safety when attending court?

The Federal Circuit and Family Court places a priority on safety and can assist with the safety of you and your family when attending court.

If you have any concerns for your safety, it is important you let the Court know at least five days before your court event.

Court staff will ask you a few questions and discuss what arrangements are needed to enable you to participate in court events safely.

If there is an existing family violence order, you should provide a copy to the Court as soon as possible.

Contact the Court

If you have concerns about your safety outside the Court or any questions about family violence, contact:

  • the police
  • your lawyer, or
  • one of the services listed in this flyer.

Some aspects of family violence may be a criminal offence and you may need to report these to police or child protection authorities.

Family Violence Law Help

Family Violence Law Help is a website by National Legal Aid for people affected by domestic and family violence. It was set up to promote each state and territory’s Family Advocacy and Support Service (FASS) and to provide information and links to get help.

Family Advocacy and Support Service

FASS combines free legal advice and support at court for people affected by domestic and family violence and runs in each Australian state and territory.

If you are worried about your safety at court or about going to court, please talk to your local FASS before your court date.

For more information about how the Court deals with family violence go to:

If you are experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence and want to talk to someone, visit to find services that may be able to help you. Everyone has a right to feel safe and to live free from violence.

Further assistance


Police (Emergency) 000

Police (Assistance) 131 444

1800RESPECT 1800 737 732

Mensline 1300 789 978


Domestic Violence Crisis Service 02 6280 0900

Victims Support ACT 1800 822 272


Domestic Violence Line 1800 656 463

Victims Services NSW:

  • Victims Access Line 1800 633 063
  • Aboriginal Contact Line 1800 019 123


Dawn House Women’s Domestic Violence Counselling Service 08 8945 1388

Alice Springs – Women’s Shelter 08 8952 6075

Victims of Crime NT 1800 672 242


Brisbane Domestic Violence Advocacy Service 07 3217 2544

DV Connect Womensline 1800 811 811

DV Connect Mensline 1800 600 636


Women’s Safety Services SA – Domestic Violence Crisis Line 1800 800 098

Victim Support Service 1800 842 846


Family Violence Response and Referral Line 1800 633 937


Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre 1800 015 188

Men’s Referral Service 1300 766 491

Women’s Information and Referral Exchange 1300 134 130

Victims of Crime Victoria 1800 819 817


Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 007 339

Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 000 599

Victims of Crime WA 1800 818 988