It’s free to apply for a Protection Order.
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're not in a domestic relationship with someone who is being violent towards you, you can apply for a Restraining Order.
If you want to keep your address secret, you’ll also need to fill in:
A lawyer can help you fill in the forms to apply for a Protection Order.
If you can’t afford a lawyer, you may be able to get legal aid. You don’t need to pay back legal aid for a Protection Order.
If you think you need more help to protect your children, you can apply for a Parenting Order.
Your lawyer can help you with this.
If you think you need more help to ensure you can stay in your home or keep furniture, you can use the same forms above.
If you need urgent protection, the court can make a temporary Protection Order, usually on the same day. We call this ‘without notice’ as you can get the Protection Order without the violent person being told first. They’re told once it’s in place.
If your Protection Order was urgent and a temporary Protection Order was given to you, the violent person has 3 months to defend themselves in court. If they don’t, it becomes final and lasts until someone applies to the court to change it.
If your application is not urgent, the violent person is served with your application and will have the chance to defend themselves in court. The judge will listen to the evidence from both sides and decide if a Protection Order should be issued.
If the violent person doesn’t respond to the temporary Protection Order, it automatically becomes final after 3 months. It will last until either you or the violent person apply to the court to end it. The court will not end it unless it’s satisfied that the reasons for the Protection Order are no longer an issue and the violent person is no longer a risk to the person who applied.
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