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Intervention orders

Important advice on Police Interim Intervention Orders and Court Intervention Orders issued PRIOR to October 2, 2014

If your Police Interim Intervention Order or Court issued Intervention Order was issued PRIOR to October 2, 2014 and contains the words 'in the vicinity of', you should read the following information:

The Supreme Court has found the term 'in the vicinity of' INVALID when written in Police Interim Intervention Orders and Court issued Intervention Orders.

Orders issued prior to October 2, 2014 may contain the term 'in the vicinity of'.

If you are a Protected Person named in an Order this means:

  • You are STILL protected;
  • Your Police Interim Intervention Order or Court issued Intervention Order is STILL valid;
  • Only the term 'in the vicinity of' is invalid.

Your Order is specific to your individual circumstances. Other conditions listed in your Order will continue to protect you. Read more

General information on intervention orders

Intervention orders help to protect you and your family if you are a victim of domestic violence.

They can prevent someone that is harassing, threatening or abusing you from having contact. This can include:

  • not being allowed to come to your home or place of work
  • not being permitted to go to your children's school
  • not being able to phone you
  • not being allowed to send you messages
  • not being permitted to follow or keep you under surveillance.

Intervention orders are made to suit you and your situation.

How do I get an intervention order?

Intervention orders can be issued by the police or by a court.

Police interim intervention orders

Intervention orders can be issued by the police when called out to an incident. The police will:

  • assess the risk to you and your children
  • ask you to make a statement about what happened and why you need an intervention order.

If you are, and/or your children are, considered to be at risk and the person causing the harm is present the police may:

  • issue an intervention order
  • serve the order on the other person.

The order will include a summons for the other person to appear in court at a set date and time. At the hearing the Magistrate will either:

  • make the order permanent
  • vary the conditions of the order
  • accept the interim order and postpone the hearing for further consideration and/or information
  • cancel the order.

Court issued intervention orders

Applications for court issued intervention orders can be made at a local police station.

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At the police station we will ask you to make a statement about what has been happening and why you need an intervention order.

Your statement will be sent to the police prosecutor who will make sure that there are sufficient grounds to ask the court for an order.

When it goes to court you will have to go on the day but the police prosecutor will do the talking.

If an intervention order is issued the police will serve it on the other person.

The order will not start working until the other person has received the order. You should be told when that has happened. If you wish to query whether the order has been served you can contact your local police station.

Find out more about intervention orders

Intervention orders in English (pdf)

Intervention orders in Arabic (pdf)

Intervention orders in Nepali (pdf)

Intervention orders in Persian (pdf)

Intervention orders in Swahili (pdf)

Intervention orders in Tamil (pdf)