What is a protection order?

A protection order is issued by a court against a perpetrator of violence.


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Protection orders are orders of the court against perpetrators of violence and intimidation. They are not the same as a criminal charge, but it is a criminal offence to disobey a protection order.

The order can clearly state things like limitations on a perpetrator's behaviour, for example how close they are allowed to come to your house or your place of work. These limits are decided by the court.

Protection orders have a different name in each state and territory.

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