What used to be Domestic Violence Restraining Orders (DVRO) and are now called Intervention Orders.
An Intervention Order is an order made by the court that prohibits the defendant from certain behaviour, such as harassment, stalking, intimidation, violence or the threat of violence. The purpose of an Intervention Order is to provide protection from this behaviour in the future – it usually states that a person cannot behave as such or go within a certain distance of the home or workplace of the person lodging the complaint.
The Court can make an Intervention Order if a defendant consents to one being made, or if evidence is heard proving that a person in need of protection fears violence or harassment by the defendant. The magistrate also has to be satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for these fears in order to make an order.
If you need to make an Intervention Order, or if somebody has made and one against you, it is recommended to seek legal advice from an experienced solicitor immediately.
What happens if someone tries to make an Intervention Order against you?
You can object to an Intervention Order being made against you and have the matter adjourned for trial at a later date. Under these circumstances, an interim order will be issued until the trial date.