Going to the Police
Family violence is against the law. You have a right to be safe in your family and home. It is the job of the police to make sure your right to live free from family violence is kept. If you have been hurt by family violence tell the police. If you feel worried or anxious about going to the police you can ask an adult person you trust, like your parent or case worker, to help you.
What to do
If your family member or carer is using physical or sexual family violence against you now and you are scared it will happen again ring 000 and ask for the police.
Otherwise, you can ring the police station and make an appointment. The police could then go to your home or you could go to the police station. The adult person you trust can go with you.
What the police will do for you
The police will:
- Listen to what you have to say.
- Provide you with an Independent Third Person. This is someone who is not from the police or your family but is there just to help you. The Independent Third Person will make sure you understand your legal rights and the police questions.
- If you need to see a doctor the police will take you to a special police doctor, called the forensic medical officer. Your health is very important.
- Take a statement from you. This is when the police write down your family violence story on the computer.
- Take out an Intervention Order to protect you. This means the person who has hurt you by using family violence is not allowed to hurt you any more. You may need to go to Court on another day.
- Tell the person who has used family violence to leave your home or get you some where else to live to keep you safe.
- Refer you to other people to help keep you safe such as a family violence worker or a legal person if you have other legal needs.
- Tell you what will happen next and give you a phone number you can ring the police officer on.
What if the person who hurt you does not do what the Intervention Order says?
Once you have an Intervention Order the person who hurt you cannot do any of the things that are listed on the Order. If the person does any of these things, they are breaking the law and you need to call the Police immediately on 000.
What the police will do with the person who has used family violence against you?
The police will:
- Talk to the person who has used family violence against you.
- Charge that person if they have broken the law. This means the person who has hurt you may have to go to Court.
- The Court will make a decision about that person's behaviour and they may be punished.
- Give the person who has hurt you a copy of the Intervention Order and tell him what he can and cannot do to keep you safe.
- Tell the person who used family violence against you what will happen to him if he does not do what the Intervention Order says.
- Refer the person who has hurt you to a program to learn to change their behaviour and not use family violence again.