Family Violence Legal Service

Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre offers free legal advice and support to people experiencing family violence when they appear at Shepparton, Seymour, Mansfield, Benalla and Cobram Magistrates’ Courts.


To make an appointment to talk to one of our Family Violence lawyers, please call (03) 5831 0900 or 1800 310 900 (if calling from outside Shepparton) during business hours from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You do not need a referral to access our services.

Court Assistance

We help people at courts in Shepparton, Seymour, Mansfield, Benalla and Cobram. Ask for our service at the Registry Office. No appointments are necessary.

Shepparton Specialist Family Violence Court – every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday

Shepparton Family Drug Treatment Court – monthly on Fridays

Koori Court – Shepparton monthly on Fridays

Seymour Magistrates’ Court – every Friday

Benalla Magistrates’ Court – every Tuesday

Cobram Magistrates’ Court – alternate Wednesdays

Mansfield Magistrates’ Court – alternate Wednesdays

Please call us for more information on (03) 5831 0900 or 1800 310 900 (if calling from outside Shepparton)

The Intervention Order Process

To understand the Intervention Order process, we recommend watching the following video, Steps 2 Safety. This video was produced by Eastern Community Legal Centre who kindly allowed us to drop it into our website.

Other supports

If you would like to speak with someone about your situation, the following support services are available:

1800RESPECT National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service: 1800 737 732
Men’s Referral Service: 1300 766 491

Mensline Australia: 1300 789 978
Lifeline: 131 114
Relationships Australia: 1300 364 277
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800