Who can apply for a domestic violence order

You can apply for a domestic violence order (DVO) against another person if you are either: 

  • in a domestic relationship with them
  • or adult acting on behalf of another adult or child who is in a domestic relationship with the person. 

Other people who can apply for a domestic violence order against another person are:

  • police officers
  • and Family and Children's services officers.

Domestic relationship definition 

A domestic relationship can be between any of the following:

  • married or de facto partners
  • relatives such as mothers, fathers, sisters, cousins and in-laws
  • relatives according to Aboriginal tradition
  • partners who are dating or are engaged to each other
  • people who live together, including housemates or former housemates
  • people who are in a carer’s relationship.

If you need protection from someone who is not in a domestic relationship with you can apply to the Local Court for a personal violence order.

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Last updated: 27 June 2017