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Restraining Orders

You can apply to have a restraining order made by the court to protect you from someone who commits family violence or personal violence against you, threatens you or your property harasses, or intimidates you, and you are concerned that it will continue.

There are three types of restraining orders:

Order TypeWhen this type of order should be sought

Family Violence Restraining Order (FVRO)

If you require protection from a person with whom you are, or were, in a family relationship - e.g. married, de-facto partners, ex-partners, related to each other (including by culture or kinship) or otherwise in an intimate or family-type relationship

Violence Restraining Order (VRO)

If you require protection from a person with whom you are not in a family relationship - e.g. a work colleague, friend or neighbour

Misconduct Restraining Order (MRO)

If you require a person that you are not in a family relationship with to be restrained from -

  • behaving in a way that could be considered to be intimidating or offensive;
  • damaging your property; or
  • breaching the peace.

If a person breaches the terms of a restraining order, they commit a criminal offence and may be fined or imprisoned.

The fact sheets below are available to guide you through the court procedures which need to be followed when seeking a restraining order.

There is no fee for applying to the Magistrates Court for a family violence restraining order or a violence restraining order. For fees charged in relation to misconduct restraining order proceedings, see Fees.

Other agencies which may be of assistance include;

For further information contact your closest Magistrates Court Registry.

Last updated: 3-Jul-2017

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