Protection orders

You, or the police on your behalf, can apply for a protection order to stop the perpetrator from doing things like:

  • threatening to share your naked, sexual or intimate photos or videos
  • approaching you
  • contacting you
  • monitoring where you go and what you do

To discuss a protection order, you can contact your local police, lawyer or legal service.

If you secure a protection order, remember that it is a crime to breach a protection order. Once you have a protection order in place, you should let the police know immediately if you think it is being breached. For example, if the order says the perpetrator must not come within 500 metres of your house but they drive past it, you should let the police know right away.

Make sure you keep a record of any incidents you think are breaches as this may help if evidence is required later on.

Protection orders are known by different names in Australian states and territories. These are:

Australian Capital Territory Domestic Violence Orders
New South Wales Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders
Northern Territory Domestic Violence Orders
Queensland Domestic Violence Protection Orders
South Australia Intervention Orders
Tasmania Family Violence Orders
Victoria Family Violence Intervention Orders
Western Australia Violence Restraining Orders