Children can also be protected by the rules in a DVO.
Children can be included as a protected person.
The DVO can have rules to tell a person not to do things in front of the children, like swear or be violent.

  • It’s not good for children to see domestic violence, even if the person is not violent to the children.
  • A judge can put rules in the DVO about what people say or do around children.
  • If children see or hear domestic violence, child protection (Territory Families) might check if they are safe.
  • If you think your kids need to be protected by a DVO, talk to police or a lawyer.

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What types of things can a domestic violence order stop?
Domestic Violence Orders – Information for People in need of Protection

This factsheet has information for people who need protection from domestic violence.

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A lawyer can help

This video explains what a domestic violence order (DVO) is, how it can help you, and how a lawyer can help you sort things out.


Glossary: What these words mean

domestic and family violence

When one person uses violence, threats, force or intimidation to try and control another person in a domestic relationship. Domestic violence includes:

  • what someone says
  • what someone does
  • what someone threatens to do.

Domestic violence can include damaging property, controlling money, or controlling where a person goes and who they see.

child protection

Child protection can mean two things;

  1. the laws that protect children and make sure that people are looking after children properly. These laws say when a child might be taken away from their family.
  2. the government workers who investigate when they think a family or person is not looking after a child properly.


domestic violence order (DVO)

A domestic violence order (DVO) is a law-paper from the police or a judge. A DVO has rules to protect people from domestic violence. A DVO can make rules about what a person can do. For example, a no-contact DVO means no going near, calling, texting, or contacting the person protected by the order. A non-intoxication order means no alcohol or drugs.

If someone breaks the rules of a DVO they are doing a crime.

When the police make the DVO it only lasts until a judge talks about it in court. The judge decides if the DVO keeps going and what rules it has.

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