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Family Violence Scheme

The Family Violence Scheme is a new, customised scheme to support people affected by family violence within the fines system.

The scheme allows people to apply to have their infringement fines withdrawn if their experience of family violence contributed to the offence or it is not safe for them to nominate the responsible person.

To access the Family Violence Scheme, a person must:

  • 1. have been issued an infringement notice for an offence that is included in the Family Violence Scheme*, and
  • 2. demonstrate that they are a victim of family violence and:
    • the family violence substantially contributed to their behaviour, or
    • they were the registered operator of a vehicle but not the driver, and the family violence substantially contributed to them being unable to nominate the driver.

* Please note: The following fines are excluded from the Family Violence Scheme:

  • fines issued by a court
  • fines incurred by companies
  • fines for offences against local council laws (other than parking fines)
  • fines that carry a high level of risk to public safety such as drink-driving, drug-driving, and excessive speed (25km/h over the speed limit or more than 130km/h), and similar offences under marine safety and transport safety legislation (drink-boating, drug-boating and similar rail safety offences).

A person will need to provide evidence to support their application. See the Family Violence Scheme FAQ for information on the type of evidence required.

To help decide if the Family Violence Scheme is a suitable option, a person may wish to seek legal advice, by contacting a local community legal centre via the Federation of Community Legal Centres (external link) or Victoria Legal Aid (external link)

How to apply

Download and complete the family Violence Scheme application form and attach any supporting documentation.


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Submit your form:

By e-mail:
fvs@justice.vic.gov.au

By mail:
Fines Victoria
PO Box 14487 Melbourne, Victoria 8001

In person:
Fines Victoria
Fines Victoria Ground Floor
277 William Street Melbourne, Victoria
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays)

Further information

For further information about the Family Violence Scheme you can refer to the Family Violence FAQs or contact the Fines Victoria at fvs@justice.vic.gov.au or telephone 1300 019 983.

 

Author: Department of Justice and Regulation
Publisher: Department of Justice and Regulation
Date of Publication: 2017
Copyright: State of Victoria, 2017

 

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