Advice or support for community service workers assisting tenants.
Victim-survivors of family violence will be able to apply to VCAT to get a lease in their name (excluding a perpetrator) or remove themselves from a lease and also protect themselves from the debt created by the perpetrator due to damage to the property or unpaid rent.
Applications by victim-survivors will be heard within 3 days to help protect them.
Specialist family violence services remain open during the outbreak of COVID-19. There are also additional resources available online to support people during this time. See:
An intervention order is a court order to to protect a person, their children and their property from another person’s behaviour.
If you experience violence from a family member, partner or ex-partner, you can apply for a:
If you live in rental housing and have been affected by family violence (sometimes called domestic violence), see the family violence protection TENANCY KIT (tuv.org.au/family-violence-protection) for information about:
Also see the Consumer Affairs Victoria website for information on:
Changing the rental arrangement in violent situations
Changing the locks