family violence and your tenancy

    COVID-19 update

    new family violence protections

    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.

    where to get help

    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:

    intervention orders

    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:

    family violence protection tenancy kit

    If you live in rental housing and have been affected by family violence (sometimes called domestic violence), see the family violence protection TENANCY KIT ( for information about:

    • Changing the locks
    • Getting an intervention order
    • Staying in the rental property
    • Leaving the rental property
    • Applying to VCAT (including sample applications)
    • Public housing tenants


    Also see the Consumer Affairs Victoria website for information on:
    Changing the rental arrangement in violent situations
    Changing the locks


    Tenants Victoria acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.