The Domestic Violence Action Centre (DVAC) is committed to providing informative Court Support to those who are attending court for Domestic and Family Violence matters.
Please note that DVAC offers support to both the Aggrieved (the person seeking protection) and/or the Respondent (person against whom a protection application is made).
DVAC provides Court Support to the following courts:
- Ipswich Magistrates Court (Monday mornings – Callover at 9am)
- Gatton Magistrates Court (every second Tuesday morning – Callover at 9am)
- Toogoolawah Magistrates Court (first Thursday of each month – Callover at 9am)
The Ipswich, Gatton and Toogoolawah Magistrates Courts all provide facilities for safety, privacy, personal support and assistance for those who require. Court Support workers are generally present approximately thirty minutes before each Callover to assist in the following:
- Marking off who is present (both Aggrieved and Respondents)
- Assessing any potential safety risks that may pertain to your safety and that of others
- Assisting with any questions about the court process and what is going to happen in court
- Providing information in regards to Domestic Violence Orders (DVOs), Temporary Protection Orders (TPOs) and assistance in ensuring thorough understanding of conditions within DVOs
- Provision of referrals to other agencies
- Emotional support
- Liaising with police prosecutors and other key court staff
- Assistance in applying for a new order or to vary or revoke the conditions on an existing order.
It is important to note that all matters are set down for 9.00 am; it is difficult to estimate a time for each matter as this process is dependent on several external factors, so be prepared for a potentially lengthy wait of up to three hours. This is especially significant at Ipswich Magistrates Courts due to the large volume of matters that present.
Preparing for court:
- Arrange a babysitter for children, if possible
- Bring a book or something to do just in case you have a long wait
- Bring any questions you have about the process
- If you have a solicitor, bring their name and contact details with you in case they are delayed
- Bring your paperwork with you – your copy of the DVO application
- If you are concerned about your physical safety, you are able to contact security at the courthouse directly and they can make arrangements for your safe arrival and departure from the courthouse
- You are welcome to bring a support person with you, but keep in mind that DV Court is a closed court and they may not be able to go into the court room with you
- You have the right to speak with legal advice prior to coming to court.
To access Court Support, Information and the Advocacy Program please contact us:
For Court Support in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs please phone: 07 4642 1354