What can I do next? - Interim FVROs

Logo for FRVO self-help guideA Family Violence Restraining Order (FVRO) is one tool that might help keep you safe from family violence. Once you have an interim FVRO from the court, there are some practical things you can do to make the best use of the order to increase your safety 

These include making copies of the order to put in a safe place or take with you, telling people you trust that you have an interim FVRO, and reporting suspected breaches to the police to have the order enforced.

Remember: your interim FVRO only starts once the Respondent has been served by the police.
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What does the interim FVRO cover?

Read the order carefully so that you know exactly what is covered and what any exceptions are.

Keep a copy on you at all times

Once you get the FVRO, make some copies.

  • Keep a copy in your handbag.
  • If you are staying at a refuge, give the refuge a copy.
  • If it covers your children, tell the school and give them a copy.
Tell your friends, family and work colleagues

If you feel comfortable, tell friends, family members, and work colleagues about the order.

Enforce it

Keep a diary of any suspected breaches of the FVRO and report them to the police. Keep any evidence of breaches if you can, for example copies of text messages you receive from the Respondent.

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