This kit is designed for support workers and advocates who assist people affected by family violence. The purpose of the kit is to help people in rental housing to know their rights, have a secure home and limit any financial loss.

The law

The jargon

  • affected person: the person who has been affected by family violence
  • protected person: how the person who has been affected by family violence is referred to in the intervention order
  • perpetrator: the person who committed family violence
  • respondent: how the person who committed family violence is referred to in the intervention order
  • excluded tenant: how the person who committed family violence is referred to in VCAT applications if they are excluded from the rental property in an intervention order
  • intervention order: a court order to protect the affected person from the perpetrator
  • exclusion condition: part of an intervention order to stop the perpetrator going to a specific place (e.g. the rented home)
  • fixed-term lease: a tenancy agreement for an agreed period such as 12 months. Note: Most tenancies begin with a fixed term. When the fixed term is over, the lease automatically continues as a periodic agreement unless someone ends the agreement or a new fixed-term lease is signed
  • periodic-lease: a tenancy agreement with no end date that continues until someone ends the agreement. Note: Most periodic leases are month-to-month but they can also be week-to-week
  • VCAT: Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

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