Family Violence

If you are experiencing family violence from someone you have or had a close personal relationship with, you can apply for a Protection Order. Jeremy can assist you with this application.


Seeking a Protection Order

If you need urgent protection the Family Court can make a temporary Protection Order, usually on the same day. We call this ‘without notice’ as you can get the Protection Order without the violent person being told first. They’re told once it’s in place.

If the violent person doesn’t respond to the temporary Protection Order, it automatically becomes final after 3 months. It will last until either you or the violent person apply to the court to end it. The court will not end it unless it’s satisfied that the reasons for the Protection Order are no longer an issue and the violent person is no longer a risk to the person who applied.

Defending a Protection Order

If you have been served a Protection Order you will have an opportunity to respond to the application in Court before a Final Protection Order is granted.

More information

If you would like Jeremy to help you obtain or defend a Protection Order, please email Jeremy at

If you are in immediate danger, please call 111.

Family Violence Information Line

Information and support for anyone who is worried about themselves or someone else in relation to family violence. They can also connect you with other support services if you need them.

Call free on 0800 456 450
9.00am – 11.00pm, 7 days a week

Women’s Refuge

24/7 help for women and children experiencing family violence, including advocacy and accommodation.

Call free on 0800 733 843
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Confidential help for people experiencing family violence or abuse, or concerned about someone else, and people using abuse who want to make a change. They can also connect you with other support services if you need them.

Call free on 0508 744 633
24 hours a day, 7 days a week


Speak to a trained counsellor for support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing.

Call free on 1737
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
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