How long does a Domestic Violence Protection Order apply and stay in force for
A Domestic Violence Order takes effect from the day it is made.
Courts usually hear Domestic Violence Applications on set days.
Depending on the circumstances, a Court might consider it necessary to make an urgent Temporary Protection Order before the Respondent is served with the Application.
If the making of a Protection Order is contested by the Respondent, the Court will list the matter for a hearing at which it will hear all evidence before it then makes a decision as to whether it will grant a Protection Order.
Sometimes that Hearing date will be some time away and if circumstances warrant it, the court might in the meantime make a Temporary Protection Order.
A Domestic Violence Protection Order will apply for a certain period of time. The Protection Order will state on it, how long it is in force for.
Once it is made on a final basis, a Protection Order is usually not made for any longer than 2 years.
If the Court is satisfied that there are special reasons for doing so, the Court may order that a Protection Order continues for a period longer than two years.
If you wish to have the Domestic Violence Protection Order apply for a period longer than the time frame the Orders says it applies for, a new Application for a Domestic Violence Protection Order will need to be made.
If another Application for a Domestic Violence Protection Order is made the Court will usually require some evidence of further acts or incidents (some continuing bad behaviour) which have occurred after the initial Protection Order was made.
- The content on this page represents the law in Queensland. Domestic Violence laws vary according to each State and Territory in Australia.
- In Qld Protection Orders are called Domestic Violence Protection Orders or a “DVO”.
- Other States refer to a Relationship Violence Protection Order or DVO as:
- NSW: In New South Wales it is an Aprehended Domestic Violence Order (AVO) or (ADVO) or an Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO);
- VIC: In Victoria it is a Family Violence Intervention Order (FVIO);
- ACT: In the Austalian Capital Territory it is a Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVO)
- TAS: In Tasmainia it is Family Violence Order (FVO) or Police Family Violence Order (PFVO);
- S.A.: In South Australia it is an Intervention Order (IO);
- W.A.: In Western Australia it is a Violence Restraining Order (VRO);
- N.T.: In the Northern Territory it is a Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVO)
- So variously it is referred to as a Domestic Violence Order, Intervention Order, Restraining Order, Protection Order, Apprehended Violence Order, Violence Restraining Order etc.
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Other Pages in the Family & Domestic Violence Section
- What constitutes Family Violence & when is it considered to have occurred
- What are examples of Family Violence having occurred
- What are examples of a Child being exposed to Family Violence
- Domestic Violence: The Law you need to know
- What amounts to actual Domestic Violence
- Who makes the Application for a Domestic Violence Protection Order
- When will a Court make a Domestic Violence Protection Order
- What does a Domestic Violence Protection Order say
- How long does a Domestic Violence Protection Order apply for
- Can I get a Temporary or Urgent Domestic Violence Protection Order
- Can I end (revoke) or vary (change) a Domestic Violence Protection Order
- Who will represent me in Court in a Domestic Violence Matter