National operation of intervention orders
New laws have been introduced across Australia so that all intervention orders (which are domestic violence-related) made on or after this date will be nationally recognised and enforceable. This means, wherever your order is issued, it will apply in all states and territories so that you are protected wherever you may be in Australia.
If you have an intervention order (which is domestic violence-related) issued before 25 November 2017, and you would like it to operate nationally, you can apply to any court to have your order declared. You can read about this process on the South Australia Courts website
To read more about the national domestic violence order scheme and how it can help keep you safer, go to www.ag.gov.au/ndvos or download the brochure
If English is not your spoken language you will find information in a number of other languages at on www.ag.gov.au/ndvos
Intervention orders help to protect you and your family if you are a victim of abuse.
Abuse can include behaviour which:
Intervention orders can prevent someone that is harassing, threatening or abusing you from having contact. This can include:
Intervention orders are made to suit you and your situation.
Intervention orders can be issued by the police or by a court.
Intervention orders can be issued by the police when called out to an incident if the need for the order is urgent. The police will:
If you are, and/or your children are, considered to be at risk and the person causing the harm is present the police may:
The order begins to work as soon as it is served on the 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:
Applications for court issued intervention orders can be made at a local police station when there has been some behaviour towards you which amounts to a criminal offence, or the threat of such an offence. If there is no criminal behaviour evident, the police may ask you to make a private application to the court, and will assist you to understand that process.
Find your local police station
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 by the court, it will be sent to the police to serve the order 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.
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