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What is a Protection Order?

Protection Order

Section 5, Domestic Violence Act, 1996, as amended

When there has been an application for a Barring Order or a Safety Order, the Court may make a Protection Order, which temporarily offers the applicant (or a dependent) safety by prohibiting the respondent from:

  • the use of violence, or threats to use violence against the applicant/ dependent, or
  • molesting or putting the applicant/ dependent in fear.

If the respondent is living elsewhere, the order prevents the respondent from watching or besetting the home of the applicant/ dependent. The Court may place such exceptions or further conditions on the order as it sees fit.

A Protection Order expires on the determination by the court of the application for the Barring Order or the Safety Order.

A Protection Order may be made ex parte.