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Getting a Protection Order

What can I do to protect myself from my ex-partner (or other people) once I leave prison?

First, remember that all assaults and threats of violence are crimes. If you are being threatened you can make a complaint to the police.

You can also apply for a Protection Order through the Family Court.

What is a Protection Order?

Domestic Violence Act 1995, s 19

A Protection Order is a Family Court order requiring an ex (or another person who you have been in a close relationship with and who has been violent to you) to stop the violence and stop contacting you.

Can I get a Protection Order while I am in prison?

Yes, you can find a family lawyer and apply for legal aid for them to help you to apply for a Protection Order before leaving prison.

For more information, see “Applying for a Protection Order” in the “Family violence and elder abuse” chapter of the Community Law Manual or contact a Community Law Centre

Can I get a Protection Order for my children?

Domestic Violence Act 1995, ss 2, 7, 16

Yes, if you are concerned that a child is in danger from their caregiver, you can apply for a Protection Order to stop the caregiver from having contact with the child.

You can find a family lawyer and apply for legal aid for them to help you to apply for a Protection Order.

For more information, see “What a Protection Order does” in the “Family violence and elder abuse” chapter of the Community Law Manual or contact a Community Law Centre

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