Protection orders and forms
Seeking protection through a domestic violence order
The Act provides protection to those people experiencing domestic and family violence by allowing a Court to make a domestic violence order. The domestic violence order aims to prevent domestic and family violence occurring within a domestic relationship by restricting the behaviour of the person committing the abuse (the respondent).
If you are experiencing domestic and family violence in a relationship covered under the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012, you can apply for a domestic violence order.
The Act recognises that some people may not want to end their relationship. They just want the violence to stop. This means that the person seeking protection and the person who committed the abuse can continue to have contact with each other and live together if that is what they both want.
More information on the Act can be found in the department's booklet Legislation Explained: The Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012. This booklet explains the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 and provides information about how to access protection by applying for a domestic violence order using the Act.
Copies of the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 can be obtained from The Government Bookshop or downloaded here.
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