If someone has made an application for a Domestic Violence Protection Order against you, you’ll need to go to the local Magistrates Court. If you’ve never been to court before it can be unfamiliar or even a bit overwhelming. The information below is specifically for people in Queensland, to help you understand what’s involved so you can make better decisions.
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From the Queensland Courts website:
- Having an order made against you (describes what it means and what will happen when someone has applied for a DVO against you)
- What if I’m Served? (A short video explaining what happens and what you should do if you have been served with a domestic violence order application. You can read the transcript of this video here.)
- Understanding the conditions of a domestic violence order (A short video explaining the conditions and what you should do if a domestic violence order has been made against you. You can read the transcript of this video here.)
From the Legal Aid Qld website:
- Responding to a domestic violence order application (describes your options in court)
- Someone has applied for a domestic violence protection order against me—what are my legal options? (explains your options in in more detail)
- Someone has taken out a DVO against me (describes what happens and what you should do when someone has taken out a domestic violence protection order against you)
If you are looking for more detailed information about the domestic violence law:
- Caxton Legal Centre: Qld Law Handbook – Domestic Violence (an easier to read explanation of the Domestic Violence law in Qld and what happens in Court)