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Responding to a domestic violence order application Options for people who are respondents to an application for a domestic violence order
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Responding to a domestic violence order application
The court may make a domestic violence order in your absence.
Agree with the making of the domestic violence order. You can tell the magistrate you consent to (or do not oppose) a domestic violence order being made or varied. You can do this even if you do not admit to any or all of the particulars/allegations of the application. The magistrate will then make a two year domestic violence order.
If you have not had time to get legal advice you can ask for an adjournment to another date. The magistrate may make a temporary protection order. On the adjourned date you can then advise the court whether you agree or disagree with a domestic violence order being made.
If you disagree with the domestic violence order being made, tell the magistrate and a hearing date will be set. On the hearing date you can give evidence about why a domestic violence order should not be made, and bring along any witnesses or evidence you wish to rely on.