Only a judge can change the rules in a DVO.
You must go to court to change the DVO.
It is good to get help from a lawyer in court.

  • Ask a lawyer for help if you want to go to court to change a DVO. Call a legal service below.
  • In court, you can tell the judge why you want to change the DVO rules.
  • The judge will decide if the DVO will change, stay the same or if the DVO should be cancelled.
  • To change a DVO you must show the judge that things have changed now from when the DVO was made and the protected person will be safe.
  • Talk to a lawyer if you want to change a temporary DVO.

Text based resources about this topic


Can I change, end, or extend the domestic violence order?
Domestic Violence Orders – Information for People in need of Protection

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

Watch videos about this topic


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.


Resources to listen to


Protected person (Yolngu Matha)

This audio explains the words protected person in Yolngu Matha. Click here for more recordings like this.


Glossary: What these words mean

protected person

The person protected by the domestic violence order (DVO).

temporary domestic violence order (DVO)

If the police think someone isn’t safe they can make a temporary (also called interim) domestic violence order (DVO). For example, the police might make a temporary DVO when someone calls them because there is violence. A temporary DVO only lasts until it is talked about again in court. A judge can also make a temporary DVO. See also Domestic Violence Order (DVO).

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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