Domestic violence orders
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.
Last updated: 06 February 2019