Domestic violence can be carried out by anyone you are in a domestic or close relationship with. It could be a partner, ex-partner, carer, friend, flatmate or family member. They don't have to be living with you.
If you’re at risk of domestic violence, you can get police and court orders to help protect you while you get the help you need.
People at risk from domestic violence can get a Police Safety Order from the police or a Protection Order from the court.
A Protection Order has 2 main conditions: no violence and no contact with the people protected by the Order.
You can apply for a Protection Order if you're in, or have been in, a domestic relationship with a person being violent.
If you’ve been served with a temporary Protection Order it means the court decided it was urgently needed to protect the person who applied.
Free help for people who have experienced domestic violence, and non-violence courses for people who are named in a Protection Order, are available around the country.
Forms to apply for or respond to a Protection Order.
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