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What is a domestic violence order?

A domestic violence order helps to protect you, your children and other people named on the order from someone who is violent to you. A domestic violence order will include conditions to stop the respondent from behaving in a way that makes you feel unsafe.

How do I get a domestic violence order? What happens in court?

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The court will make an order if it accepts:

  • there has been an act of domestic violence, and
  • you and the respondent are in one of the relationships covered by the law (see Who does the law protect?), and
  • the court thinks a domestic violence order is necessary or desirable in your situation.
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