A Domestic Violence Order (DVO) is an order made by the court that prohibits the defendant from certain behaviour, such as harassment, stalking, intimidation, violence or the threat of violence.
The purpose of an DVO is to provide protection from this behaviour in the future – it usually states that a person cannot behave as such or go within a certain distance of the home or workplace of the person lodging the complaint.
The Court can make a DVO if a defendant consents to a DVO being made, or if evidence is heard proving that a person in need of protection fears violence or harassment by the defendant. The magistrate also has to be satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for these fears in order to make a DVO.
If somebody has made a Domestic Violence Application against you, you should seek legal advice from an experienced solicitor immediately.
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