Domestic violence and intervention orders
An intervention order is made by a Magistrate and is intended to stop someone behaving in a way that makes another person feel unsafe. A person can obtain an intervention order to protect them from family violence and from stalking.
Obtaining an intervention order
Family violence is harmful behaviour which can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, or financial abuse. A family violence intervention order protects a person from a family member who is using violence. It can be used to protect children, property or people supporting the protected person.
Our lawyers can help guide you through the process of obtaining a family violence intervention order. We can advise you on how best to gather information before seeking an interim intervention order. We can also assist people who have been served with an intervention order and wish to oppose it.
If an intervention order has been made against you
If you have been served with an intervention order, it is important that you obtain legal advice as soon as possible prior to the court date. If you do not go to court for your hearing, the court can make orders against you in your absence and, in certain circumstances, may even issue a warrant for your arrest.
In representing you, we can attempt to stop the intervention order being made. Other options include:
- agreeing with the intervention order (perhaps without making an admission of guilt);
- agreeing to provide an undertaking to stop certain behaviour. In this instance, the intervention order application is then withdrawn; or
- opposing the intervention order. A "contested" hearing will then be booked for a later date.
Our lawyers can help you identify your needs throughout the process of your intervention order. We can provide you with general legal advice about defending your intervention order, as well as helping you defend the granting of the order, if your matter is referred for a contested hearing.