It is always a good idea to take a support person to court with you on the day. However, if this is not possible there are people available at the court for support.
The Court Network officers are a team of volunteers who can provide information, support and referrals. They are usually identifiable by their pink tags or you can ask the front desk where they are located in your court. Court Network volunteers work out of all major courts in Victoria. The Court Network can be contacted on 1800 681 614 prior to you attending court if you would like more information or visit their website.
Some specialised courts may also have an Applicant Support Worker who can sit with you and explain the court process and provide information and referrals. These specialist courts include Frankston, Melbourne, Sunshine, Ballarat, Werribee, Ballarat and Heidelberg Magistrates’ Courts.
There may also be family violence support workers available to you at court. For more information visit the Victorian Government website.
If you are unsure about how the justice system may be utilised to respond to your adolescent’s violence in the home, you can contact your local police station and speak with the family violence liaison officer or youth resource officer or alternatively contact your local Magistrates’ Court and speak with the family violence registrar.