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Updated: May 19, 2022

A Domestic Violence Order (DVO) can protect you and others by making a person committing violence against you be of good behaviour and not commit Domestic Violence.

Conditions can be added into the order, such as making it illegal for the violent person (the respondent) to come within a certain distance of where you (the aggrieved) live.

You can ask the police to apply to the court for a DVO. Otherwise, you can apply directly to the court yourself, or ask one of our Solicitors to apply for you.

A Domestic Violence Order can stop someone:

  • approaching you at your home or work

  • staying in a home currently or previously shared

  • approaching your relatives or friends

  • going to a child's school or day care centre.

A DVO is not a Criminal Order, however, if the respondent disobeys it, they can be charged by the police with the Criminal Offence of breaching a DVO.

This Criminal Offence has a penalty of up to 3 years in jail, which increases to up to 5 years if it is breached a second time within 5 years.

All of our advice is tailored to meet your personal situation and needs. Talk to one of our team today to find out how we can support you.


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