A family member of mine has recently opened up about the trials in her life and I was hoping to get advice as I have no idea about custody rights or parents rights. Her ex became controlling and abusive towards her ( domestic violence). Although he was good to their 3 young children, he began physically abusing her. After some time, she began threatening to leave with the children. After the last beating, he had taken the kids to his parents' house and she was told she would never see them again. With no family in VIC, she returned to NSW without her children. She has been here for 4 months trying to settle in, in hope that she will be able bring her children here to live. She has been in communication with her ex and children during the 4 months. She did seek Legal Aid advice about having her kids brought to her, but held off on any legal action, hoping that her and her ex would come to some mutual agreement. At times he will be civil and than other times he threatens to drop the children off at a police station. Her ex's parents have said that they made a report about her abandoning her children and filed for full custody. We do not know if this is true. Her ex's parents have now changed their tune saying they want her to come back for the childrens' sake, but she does not trust them. The ex and the parents would never willingly return her children to her and constantly say that if she does not do as they wish she will never see them again. She now knows that she will not be able to have her children unless she gets legal help. How can she find out if they really did apply for full custody of children and what steps can she take to get them back? How does she go about getting an AVO against her ex and his family? What happens if her ex moves to another location with the children without her knowing? She is very young, but she loves her children like any other caring mother. She did not abandon her children. She did what she thought was best at the time and did not have much of a choice as they were taken away from her, not left behind.