Domestic Violence Order or Protection Order
A Protection Order (PO) is an order made by the court that prohibits the respondent from certain behaviour, such as harassment, stalking, intimidation, violence or the threat of violence. The purpose of a PO is to provide protection from this behaviour in the future – it usually states that a person cannot behave as such or go within a certain distance of the home or workplace of the person lodging the application (the applicant).
The Court can make a PO if a respondent consents to a PO being made, or if evidence is heard proving that an act of domestic violence has occurred and that it is necessary or desirable for the protection of the applicant that an order be made against the respondent.
If you need to make an application for a protection order, or if somebody has made an application against you alleging domestic violence, it is recommended that you seek legal advice from an experienced solicitor immediately.
What happens if someone makes an application for a protection order against you?
You can oppose the application and have the matter adjourned for trial at a later date. Under these circumstances, a temporary protection order may be issued until the final hearing and determination of the application.