Responding to a Domestic Protection Order

Wha t is a protection order?

A protection order is made by the Family Court to protect people from domestic violence.

The Court can make the order if it’s satisfied that – there has been domestic violence, and the order is needed to protect the person who has applied for the order (the “applicant”) or their children, or both, from the person who has been violent (the “respondent”).

It’s a criminal offence to breach (disobey) a protection order.

What does the law mean by “domestic violence”?

The Domestic Violence Act protects against many different types of violence and abuse – including physical, sexual and psychological abuse.

Physical abuse The Act protects against physical abuse, like punching, slapping and kicking.

Sexual abuse It also protects against sexual abuse – this means any kind of sexual contact a person doesn’t agree to.

Psychological abuse The Act also protects against psychological abuse – this includes being threatened, harassed, scared or intimidated. Examples of psychological abuse can include someone stalking their partner, smashing up their property to scare them, or stopping them from seeing their friends. It’s also psychological abuse to allow a child to see or hear domestic violence.

What do “respondent” and “applicant”mean?

If a protection order is made against you or if someone has applied for one against you, then you are called the “respondent”. In other words, the respondent is the person who has been violent or who is accused of being violent.
The person who applied for the protection order against you is called the “applicant”. It may be that you’re not the respondent, but that the Court has made a protection order against you because the respondent has encouraged you to be violent towards the applicant. In that case, you are called an “associated respondent”.

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