Conditions of a DVO

All Protection Orders contain the standard condition that the respondent must be of good behaviour and not commit domestic violence against the aggrieved or any other person named on the order. Depending on the specific circumstances of each case before the court, further conditions may be imposed such as:

  • Prohibiting the respondent from approaching, or attempting to approach, the aggrieved or a named person, including stating in the order a distance within which an approach is prohibited; or
  • Prohibiting the respondent from contacting, attempting to contact or asking someone else to contact the aggrieved or a named person, including, for example, if the aggrieved or named person has taken shelter at a refuge; or
  • Prohibiting the respondent from locating, attempting to locate or asking someone else to locate the aggrieved or a named person if the aggrieved’s or named person’s whereabouts are not known to the respondent; or
  • The court may impose a condition (called an ouster condition) on the respondent that prohibits the respondent from doing all or any of the following in relation to stated premises
    • remaining at the premises;
    • entering or attempting to enter the premises;
    • approaching within a stated distance of the premises.


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