A private restraining will see a judge order you to pay the property owner’s costs if you do not comply with the order.
Private restraining orders can have a range of conditions attached to them, including notifying the police of a crime, providing you with an address to be contacted, and providing for the person you are to contact to have access to your property.
The terms and conditions of a private order are detailed on the court document you receive.
The cost of a domestic violence restraining order is not covered by the Domestic Violence Act, and cannot be paid by you, your partner or your family member.
If you’re under 18, the person who has custody of your child or children can apply to have a domestic restraining order removed.
If you are in a relationship with a partner or a family member, they can apply for the order to be removed if it is found that the relationship is “no longer suitable”.
Private domestic violence orders are rarely issued in Australia, but they are very common in other jurisdictions.
A court in New South Wales, for example, has issued more than 2,000 domestic violence order, including one that allows a person to have their property seized and taken away.
The most recent domestic violence related to stalking cases in New Zealand involved a man who was accused of stalking his ex-partner, and was granted a domestic abuse restraining order.
Source: Privacy Victoria Privacy Advisory – Domestic Violence Protection Order Privacy Notice: Information regarding the Privacy Advisory about the Protection Order Act.