When couples split up one party may become violent or aggressive towards the other. In fact, this often happens well before any separation and can be the sole cause of the split. It can help to take out a Violence Restraining Order (VRO) on them to ensure they don’t come near you. Criminal lawyers can help you to apply and tell you whether the court is likely to grant the VRO.
No person should have to live in fear of another. Abuse takes many forms from physical injury to threatening by phone, text message or face to face, to destroying or harming your belongings. It can be stalking you or intimidating you in any way. It can be done by a spouse or partner, ex- spouse or ex- partner, parent, an adult child or relative, or anyone else.
When you apply for a VRO you will need to tell the court what intimidation or abuse you have suffered. The court will then make an interim VRO and the police will deliver it to the person involved, called the respondent. They have a 21 day limit in which to object. If they don’t object, the interim order becomes a final order and the person must comply with the terms or face a fine or gaol time.