About Domestic Violence Protection Orders
A Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) is a civil matter; they are granted by a Magistrates Court prohibiting future abusive or violent behaviour by an abusive person.
DVPO’s in Queensland are enforced under the Domestic & Family Violence Protection Act 2012. If you would learn more about the legislation Click here
An application for a DVPO can be made by a Police Officer or an aggrieved person (someone claiming to have been the victim of domestic or family violence).
In certain circumstances a person acting under another Act for the aggrieved may also apply
Specific conditions can be applied for on the Order that may further increase a victim’s safety, for example that the person who is perpetrating the abuse be prohibited from coming to or within a specified distance of the victim’s residence or workplace.
Physical and sexual assault are criminal offences, stalking is also a crime.
These assaults are handled through the Criminal Justice system.
If a Protection Order is breached, that is to say, some part of the terms of the order are ignored or deliberately contravened – that action then becomes a Criminal Offence, punishable by a prison sentence.
Breaching a Protection Order is a criminal offence and should be reported to the Police.
Application forms for Protection Orders are available at all magistrate courts.
You can get legal advice about the process through your own solicitor or through Legal Aid.
Ph 1300 651188 or click on this link to go to their website