Family violence (often referred to as domestic violence) can be carried out by anyone you are in a domestic or close relationship with. It could be a partner, ex-partner, carer, friend, flatmate or family member. They don't have to be living with you.
If you’re at risk of family violence, you can get police and court orders to help protect you while you get the help you need.
People at risk from family violence can get a Police Safety Order from the police or a Protection Order from the court.
A Protection Order has two main conditions: no violence and no contact with the people protected by the Order. A Protection Order can be in place even if you are living with the person that the order is against.
You can apply for a Protection Order if you're in, or have been in, a domestic relationship with a person being violent.
If you’ve been served with a temporary Protection Order it means the court decided it was urgently needed to protect the person who applied.
Free help for people who have experienced family violence, and non-violence courses for people who are named in a Protection Order, are available around the country.
Forms to apply for or respond to a Protection Order.
From 1 July 2019, all Protection Orders – including ones granted before then – will have extra standard conditions.
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