Staying at home has been touted as the solution to slowing the spread of COVID-19, but this also increases risk for victims of family violence. Yesterday, the McGowan Government acknowledged this heightened risk by passing amendments to restraining order legislation.

These amendments allow the Family Court to make interim restraining orders on an ex-parte basis (i.e. without the person you are seeking the order against being present). Restraining order applications can now be lodged online, and the penalty for a breach of a family violence restraining order has been increased to $10,000.Click here to read the McGowan Government's media release about the amendments for more information.