This website is for use by legal professionals (lawyers and law practices) only. If the information is used incorrectly, you could risk losing money or your legal rights. If you are a member of the public looking for free advice about your legal problems please visit legalaid.vic.gov.au, or contact our Legal Help advice line on 1300 792 387, Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm. 

If you decide to use or rely on the information or make decisions based on the information in this website (which VLA does not recommend) VLA is not liable to you or any third party in any way for any loss, damage, costs or expenses you or they may suffer or incur as a result.

Family violence, Centrelink and de facto relationships

Read about the pattern of judgements that academics Easteal, Doyle and Emerson-Elliot believe that they have detected.

Academics Easteal, Doyle and Emerson-Elliot believe that they have detected a pattern of judgments where decision-makers have exempted people who have suffered domestic violence from being defined as a 'member of a couple'.

See Domestic violence, de facto relationships and Centrelink.

Updated