Violence Restraining Orders

If you’re applying for a restraining order, have been issued with one or would simply like to know your options about whether you’re eligible to obtain a violence restraining order, contact our office today.

Violence restraining orders are required to prevent contact or interaction between the applicant and the offender.

Speak to VRO Lawyers at Thomson Family Law

Commonly known as a VRO, it is recommended you first seek legal advice and representation from a VRO lawyer. Thomson Family Lawyers can act for applicants and respondents violence restraining order matters.

Our aim is to provide you with clear legal advice and guidance in what can be an emotionally difficult and stressful time.

What is a Violence Restraining Order?

Violence restraining orders are taken very seriously. They are designed to prevent abuse, domestic and family violence that can result in harm, and in some very serious cases, death.  

A violence restraining order is a court order. It prevents the offender from communicating or coming into contact with the applicant and/or to stop them behaving in a certain way towards them. 

Violence restraining orders are designed to stop threats, violence and emotional abuse from occurring. They can be obtained by anyone who is fearful for their safety or has experienced an act of violence, and believes they are at risk of it happening again.

A violence restraining order will generally last for 2 years and often means that the offender has all, or a combination of the below conditions imposed on them by the court; prohibition from:

  • Approaching the protected person within a specified distance
  • Being on or near the premises of the protected person
  • Being on or near a specified location
  • Attempting to contact the protected person
  • Having another person engage in the above conduct on the offender’s behalf

Breaching a Violence Restraining Order

Violence restraining orders are to be taken seriously. Breaching a violence restraining order is considered a criminal offence and offenders can be imprisoned for up to 2 years. 

However, being issued a restraining order is not considered a criminal offence and won’t appear on your criminal record. 

How do I get a Violence Restraining Order?

To apply for a violence restraining order, the application must be made in person at the Magistrates Court of Western Australia (not the Family Court of Western Australia).

In the period leading up to the final order trial date, an interim violence restraining order is generally granted. At the trial, the evidence will be heard and the court will decide whether a final violence restraining order will be granted.

What should I do if I have received a VRO?

We recommend seeking legal advice immediately if you have been served with a violence restraining order. You have a period of 21 days to object to the order by filing notice to the court. 

It is your right to object to the order being made final. If you wish to object, a final hearing date will be set where you can tell the court and provide evidence. However, if you decide not to object to the order, it will be made final in your absence.

What is a Misconduct Restraining Order?

A Misconduct Restraining Order (MRO) is similar to a VRO. However it is different in terms of the behaviour it prohibits. 

A MRO prohibits behaviour that includes harassment and stalking. For example, stopping someone turning up at your work, or constantly calling you.

How can Thomson Family Lawyers help me with a Violence Restraining Order?

Serina Thomson VRO LawyerThomson Family Lawyers acts for both applicants and respondents in violence restraining order matters. Whether you’re applying for a violence restraining order or defending any application made, we are able to assist.

What is a Violence Restraining Order?

A violence restraining order (also known as a VRO) is an order from the court preventing the offender from communicating or coming into contact with the applicant and/or to stop them behaving in a certain way towards them. Violence restraining orders are designed to stop threats, violence and emotional abuse from occurring and can be obtained by anyone who is fearful for their safety or has experienced an act of violence and believes they are at risk of it happening again.

A violence restraining order in Perth will generally last for 2 years and often means that the offender has all, or a combination of the below conditions imposed on them by the court. Prohibition from:

• Approaching the protected person within a specified distance
• Being on or near the premises of the protected person
• Being on or near a specified location
Attempting to contact the protected person
• Having another person engage in the above conduct on the offender’s behalf

Breaching a Violence Restraining Order

Violence restraining orders should be taken seriously and are considered a more serious breach than misconduct restraining orders. A conviction of a breach of a violence restraining order in Perth is considered a criminal offense and can be punished with imprisonment of up to 2 years. Whilst being issued a restraining order is not considered a criminal offence and won’t appear on your criminal record, breaching a restraining order is and will result in a criminal record.

How do I get a Violence Restraining Order?

To apply for a violence restraining order, the application must be made in person at a Magistrates Court in Perth or regional WA.

An interim violence restraining order is generally granted by the court in the period leading up to the final order trial date, where the evidence will be heard and the court will decide whether a final violence restraining order will be granted.

What is a Violence Restraining Order?

If you have been served with a violence restraining order, we recommend seeking legal advice immediately. You have a period of 21 days to object to the order by filing notice to the court. It is your right to object to the order being made final and if you wish to do so, a final hearing date will be set where you can tell the court and provide evidence why the restraining order should not be made. If you decide not to object the order, it will be made final in your absence.

Contact Us Today

At Thomson Family Lawyers, we aim to provide you with clear advice and guidance on obtaining, or disputing, a violence restraining order. So, how are violence restraining orders in Perth made?

Applying for a VRO

If you’re considering applying for a violence restraining order, we’re able to provide advice on the best course of action. However, if you are in an urgent situation, please contact the Police and police officers will be able to assist with any immediate concerns. 

Beyond that, we can assist you with preparation of documents required for the application, prepare you and your case for the interim order court hearing and any court appearances that may follow (final order court hearing).

Responding to a VRO

If a violence restraining order has been obtained against you, we can help you to determine whether it is worth disputing. If it is, we will work to have the order dismissed by helping collect any evidence. In addition, we will also help prepare you to appear in court and object the order.

Our Goal is to Help

We appreciate that matters involving the need for a violence restraining order can be very sensitive, as well as upsetting and stressful. Our goal is to work closely with our clients to ensure that they feel safe and secure throughout the process.

In order to avoid litigation we can assist clients in negotiating agreements. However, where negotiated agreements are not possible – or not appropriate – we provide court representation at any stage of the violence restraining order process.

Perth-based Thomson Family Lawyers are available to help with your VRO related matter today. Call us on 6444 9911 or contact us via the form on this page.

Book your free 15-Minute Consultation

At Thomson Family Lawyers, we’re committed to providing all of our clients with the same high level of service, excellence and care they deserve.

We understand engaging with a family lawyer can be a difficult and confusing time, which is why we’re here to help.

If you need to speak to one of our family lawyers in Perth, book your free consultation today!

For international or interstate clients, appointments can be made via telephone.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Or simply call

(08) 6444 9911