Services for Victims of Family Violence Brochure - text version

A Safe at Home Program

The Safe at Home Program is a Tasmania Government response to family violence. This program involves a range of services working together, to protect and support victims of family violence, including young people and children.

What is Family Violence?

Family violence is any of the following types of conduct, committed by a person directly or indirectly* against that person’s spouse or partner:
 assault (including sexual assault)
 threats
 coercion
 intimidation
 verbal abuse
 abduction
 stalking
 economic abuse
 emotional abuse
 breaching any existing orders relating to family violence

* indirectly means to ask another person to do these things. It may even include a person who is restrained from contacting the victim, instead contacting the victims family or friends and threatening or harassing them.

How We Can Help

The Legal Aid Commission of Tasmania are included in the Safe at Home Program and have lawyers available to provide legal advice and assistance to victims of family violence.

Those services may include:
 Explaining how to take out a Family Violence Order
 Assisting in completing applications for a Family Violence Order and representing you in Court
 Advising what Family Violence Orders mean and how they affect you
 Advice in terms of Family Violence Orders and arrangements in respect of children or property
 Advice and assistance in relation to applications to extend, vary or revoke existing Family Violence Orders or Police Family Violence Orders
 General advice about Family Law matters, especially where children live and time with others
 Assistance in applying for a grant of Legal Aid in relation to Family Law matters
 Assistance in respect of finding out or explaining criminal charges the offender may be facing and the likely result
 Where Police are making an application for a Police Family Violence Order, assistance working with the Police to achieve the outcome you want

We may also provide appropriate referrals to the Court Support and Liaison Service, the Family Violence Counselling and Support Service and the Police Victim Safety Response Teams.

Other ways we can help

 Contact arrangements for Children - Parents
 Advice regarding property
 Advice regarding legal proceedings
 Advice about collecting any belongings from the family home
 Advice about how to financially support yourself including through Centrelink
 Referral to accommodation services

Other Services include:

Court Support & Liaison Services
Victims Assistance Unit
Department of Justice

Ph: 1300 663 773 (toll free)
Hobart: (03) 6165 7524
Launceston: (03) 6777 2937
Burnie: (03) 6434 7268

Family Violence Counselling & Support Service
Ph: 1800 608 122 (freecall)

Family Violence Response & Referral
Line
Ph: 1800 633 937 (freecall 24hrs)

Our offices

We have offices in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie.

To make an appointment with the Safe at Home Lawyer phone: 1300 366 611.

Hobart office

Monday to Friday
10:30am to 2:00pm
158 Liverpool Street Hobart TAS 7000

Launceston office

Monday to Friday
10:30am to 1:00pm
64 Cameron Street Launceston TAS 7250

Devonport office

Monday and Wednesday
12:30pm to 1:30pm
8 Griffith Street Devonport TAS 7310

Burnie office

Tuesday and Thursday
12:30pm to 1:30pm
50 Alexander Street Burnie TAS 7320

For free legal advice call 1300 366 611

Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm
and speak directly to a lawyer

or find us on the web: www.legalaid.tas.gov.au

Last updated: 08/05/2017