Commonly referred to as a domestic violence order or a protection order, if someone lodges one against you it can be of both criminal and civil significance. Civilly you could be subjected to a protection order and criminally you may face assault or other charges.
Protection orders can impact your life. The order might stop you:
• contacting or visiting your children;
• approaching the aggrieved at work (what if you work near them or regularly attend their workplace for alternative reasons?);
• staying in a home you currently share, even if the house is owned or rented in your name
• approaching relatives or friends (if named in the order);
• going to a child’s school or day care centre; and
• any extra conditions deemed necessary or desirable.