There are many different types of DVOs. Three common kinds of DVO are:
● Full non-contact (stay away)
● Non-intoxication (non-drinking)
● Non-violence (no harm)

A DVO can have different kinds of rules:

  • Full non-contact: The defendant cannot be near or talk to the protected person. They cannot talk on Facebook, call or send text messages.

A Judge can also make other rules in the DVO, like making the defendant attend counselling or a behaviour change course.

View graphic resources like posters and photos


Non-violence DVO

This poster explains non-violence DVOs:

Click here to view Non-violence DVO

This picture explains non-intox DVO

Click here to view NON-INTOX DVO POSTER
Full non-contact DVO poster

Here is a poster that explains full non-contact DVOs

Click here to view Full non-contact DVO poster

Glossary: What these words mean


The person who the police say broke the law. In domestic violence orders, this is the person whom the order tells not to be violent.

protected person

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


Counselling is when you talk with a counselor. They are a person who is trained to listen and help you work through relationship problems or other problems in your life.

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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