PLEASE CALL 000 IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING FAMILY VIOLENCE AND IT IS AN EMERGENCY
Fines Victoria's Family Violence Scheme helps victim survivors with fines if there is a link between the family violence and their fines.
The scheme allows your infringement fine(s) to be withdrawn if:
The scheme covers most infringement fines, but you cannot include a fine in your application if it was:
You are unable to apply for the Family Violence Scheme if:
The easiest way to apply is by completing the Family Violence Scheme application form (PDF, 2.07MB). Your application must:
Fines Victoria's Guide to the Family Violence Scheme (PDF, 660KB) provides detailed guidance on what evidence to include.
You can submit your form and supporting documents:
PO Box 14487
Melbourne Victoria 8001
277 William Street
(near corner of Little Lonsdale Street)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (except public holidays)
You can authorise a person to apply for the family violence scheme for you – such as a lawyer, guardian, financial counsellor, friend or family member.
We handle all applicants' information confidentially and in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 and the Health Records Act 2001.
We will not share your information with the perpetrator of the family violence.
Once we receive your application, we put your fines on hold. Once a decision is made, we will send you the outcome in writing.
If you are eligible for the Family Violence Scheme, your fines can be:
If you are not eligible for the scheme, you have 21 days to take action to deal with your fines.
The Guide to the Family Violence Scheme (PDF, 660KB) gives more detailed guidance on the scheme.
The day a Victoria Police officer stopped Helen* and advised her that her driver licence had been suspended was the day Helen realised how extensively her ex-husband's control and actions continued to affect her life.
Helen knew that her ex-husband had used her car without her permission. What she did not know was that he had received multiple speeding fines while driving her car, which he had hidden from her. These fines had caused Helen to lose her licence without her knowledge.
Helen needed her licence to collect her children from school on time or her ex-husband would attempt to collect them and possibly harm them. Helen also needed her licence to leave her home when her ex-husband would attend unannounced.
Helen contacted Fines Victoria and explained her situation to a family violence team member. Helen explained that her ex-husband had isolated her from her friends and family, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused her and her children and hidden her mail, including her licence suspension notice.
The Family Violence Scheme team member was able to provide Helen with guidance, and she lodged an application the next day.
Helen was found eligible for the Family Violence Scheme, and all fines were withdrawn. Due to the safety risk to Helen and her family, the Family Violence Scheme team also contacted VicRoads to request Helen's demerit points be reversed urgently. Within 24 hours, Helen was able to drive lawfully again.
*Names changed to protect privacy
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Family violence is behaviour by a person towards a family member that:
Family violence can occur in current or past relationships, between domestic or intimate partners, siblings, relatives, across generations, regardless of whether you live with the perpetrator or not.