Orders to help keep you safe
How can a Family Violence Restraining Order help keep you safe?
If you are worried about your safety and want a current or former partner or another family member to stop doing certain things - for example, stop them from approaching you, coming to your house or calling/texting you, then you may wish to consider applying for a Family Violence Restraining Order (FVRO).
If a FVRO is breached by the person bound by the order:
- it can be enforced by the police, and
- it is a criminal offence and serious penalties apply including imprisonment in some cases.
For more information about FVRO's for adults or children visit Restraining orders
Can the Family Court make orders to help keep you safe?
Yes. If you have a case in the Family Court, you can also ask the Family Court to make a personal protection injunction. Personal protection injunctions are orders made by the Family Court that restrain another person from doing certain things. The Family Court has the power to make injunctions for the protection of children, a parent or someone else involved in the child's life. For example, an injunction to restrain someone from removing the children from your case, restraining someone from attending the children's school or restraining someone from consuming drugs or alcohol while spending time with the children.
It is not a criminal offence if a person breaches a Family Court personal protection injunction and the police will not usually get involved. If a person breaches an injunction, you can apply to the Family Court to deal with the breach and the court may impose penalties.
Reviewed: 4 March 2020