In addition to other safety measures taken some chose to apply for Domestic Violence Orders (DVO). Under the Domestic Violence & Protection Orders Act 2008 people experiencing current domestic violence can apply for a protection order. These orders contain conditions that are legally enforceable and a chargeable offence to breach. These conditions can vary and are chosen by the aggrieved person to suit their unique situation. They can include prohibiting the user of violence from attending their home, being within 100 metres of them, and from contacting them.
The process involved in applying for a protection order can require the aggrieved person to attend Court on several occasions. After initially applying for an interim order, which makes conditions enforceable as soon as the paperwork is served by Police on the user of violence, a Return Conference is listed so that the applicant can pursue a permanent DVO of up to 24 months at maximum. The user of violence is invited to attend the Conference if they feel the order is not valid or needs to be amended before being made final. If there is no agreement between the applicant and the user of violence than the matter will go before a Magistrate to decide, at what is called a DVO Hearing. The Domestic Violence Crisis Service offers practical and procedural support through our Court Advocacy Program during the DVO application process (see Our Services – Court Advocacy Program).
Before applying for a DVO it is important to consider whether or not taking this action will place you at further risk of violence and whether or not you are prepared to call Police every time there is a breach. On occasion DVOs can aggravate a situation further and some have difficulty reporting incidents to Police for various reasons.
Please contact us here should you wish to discuss your options further. You can contact us anonymously. We do not make any sound recordings of our conversations, but we do record that we spoke to you. This record can be made anonymously. If you are unsure, please speak to our crisis workers at the commencement of the call.