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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?

The magistrate will make an order if they accept:

  • 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
  • a domestic violence order is necessary or desirable to protect you.

Last updated 7 April 2021

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