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A Protection Order is a legal Order designed to protect you and your children from further violence.
A Judge can make a Protection Order if they are satisfied there has been domestic violence. The Judge also needs to be sure that the Order will work to protect you, and any children that usually live with you, from a violent person.
How does a Protection Order work?
The person who applies for a Protection Order is called the 'applicant'. The Protection Order protects the applicant and any children who live with them. When a child turns 17, they remain protected by the Protection Order if they live with the person who applied for it.
The person who is being violent is called the 'respondent'. If the respondent is being violent towards other people, like a new partner, older children or a flatmate, the Order can protect them too. The applicant must ask for these people to be protected in the Order.
The Protection Order will protect the applicant and other people named on the Order from the respondent. If the respondent encourages other people to be violent towards the applicant, the Protection Order will protect you against those people as well. Those people are called associated respondents.