What is an intervention order?

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An intervention order is a legal document that aims to protect individuals from harm or harassment caused by another person. In the state of Victoria, an IVO is also referred to as a restraining order or an apprehended violence order.

An IVO can be applied for by a person who has experienced or is at risk of experiencing harm or harassment by another person. The IVO can impose restrictions on the behaviour of the person who is causing the harm, such as preventing them from contacting or coming near the protected person.

In Victoria, there are two types of IVOs, Family Violence Intervention Orders and Personal Safety Intervention Orders. Family Violence Intervention Orders apply in situations where the protected person and the respondent have a family relationship, while Personal Safety Intervention Orders apply in situations where there is no family relationship between the parties.

The process for applying for an IVO involves making an application to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. It is recommended that you seek legal advice before making an application to ensure that you understand your legal rights and the process involved.

If an IVO is breached, it is a criminal offence and the person who breached the order can be charged and face legal consequences.

Geelong Legal can provide advice and representation in relation to intervention orders. Our Geelong criminal lawyers can guide you through the legal process, help you to understand your rights, and represent you in court proceedings if necessary.

If you are concerned about your safety or the safety of someone else, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible to protect yourself and take the necessary steps to prevent harm.


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