A Domestic Violence Order (DVO) is an order made by the court that prohibits the defendant from certain behaviour, such as harassment, stalking, intimidation, violence or the threat of violence. The purpose of a DVO 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 complaint.The Court can make an DVO if a defendant consents to an DVO being made, or if evidence is heard proving that a person in need of protection fears violence or harassment by the defendant. The magistrate also has to be satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for these fears in order to make an DVO.
If you need to make an application for a DVO, or if somebody has made a DVO against you, it is recommended that you seek legal advice from an experienced solicitor immediately.
What happens if someone tries to make a DVO against you? You can object to a DVO being made against you and have the matter adjourned for trial at a later date. Under these circumstances, an interim DVO will be issued until the trial date.
Contact us to find out more or to arrange a confidential appointment with one of our domestic violence lawyers.