Protection Orders

How Protection Orders work.
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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.

In this section:

Conditions of a Protection Order

The Protection Order will set conditions (rules) that the respondent must not breach (break). Read more about Protection Order conditions.

How long will it last?

A temporary Protection Order lasts for three months, and a final Protection Order remains in force permanently, unless the Family Court agrees to discharge it.

Contact with the person committing violence

In some exceptional circumstances contact with the person committing violence may be allowed.

What if children are involved?

How Protection Orders protect any children who usually or regularly live with the person asking for the Order.

What about my property?

You can apply for a Property Order, which sets out who can live in a particular house or flat and who can keep the furniture and appliances.

Applying for a Protection Order

Who can apply for a Protection Order and how to do it.

Responding to Protection and other Orders

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