Contravene Family Counselling Order

– section 130 of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008

Contravene Family Counselling Order
It is an offence under section 130 of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic) to fail to attend counselling when ordered to by a Court.

A Court may order that a person attend counselling to increase his/her accountability for the violence used against a family member and to encourage the person to change their behaviour.

Examples of Contravene Family Counselling Order
  • Not attending a counselling session with an approved counsellor when ordered to by a Court
Questions in cases like this
  • Were you ordered to attend counselling?
  • Did you in fact attend counselling?
  • Is there a lawful reason why you could not attend counselling?
“Can they prove you did not attend counselling?”
What are some of the possible defences to Contravene Family Counselling Order?

The following defences are available for this charge:

  • Reasonable excuse
  • Lack of intent
  • Impossibility
  • Factual error
  • Insufficient evidence to prove the elements of the offence

Fine

Maximum penalty and Court that deals with this charge

This offence carries a maximum fine of 10 penalty units (around $1,600).

What is the legal definition of Contravene Family Counselling Order?

This charge is legally defined as the contravention of a family counselling order under section 130 of the Act, without reasonable excuse, by a person who was subjected to such order.

Legislation

The offence of Contravene Family Counselling Order is governed by section 130 of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008.

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Elements: When can a person be found guilty of this offence?

The accused, as the respondent, may be found guilty of this charge if:

  • Under section 129 of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008, the Court is given a report that counselling is needed
  • Respondent has been ordered to attend for family counselling under section 130, and
  • Respondent without reasonable excuse contravenes the order