An Intervention Order (‘IVO’) is an order made by the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria that prohibits a person(s) from certain behaviour, such as harassment, verbal and/or psychological abuse, economical abuse, stalking, intimidation, violence or the threat of violence. The purpose of an IVO is to provide protection from this behaviour in the future – it usually states that a person cannot behave as such or go within a certain distance of the home or workplace of the person lodging the complaint.
The Court can make an IVO if the person to whom it is made against consents to the order being made, or if evidence is heard proving that a person in need of protection fears violence or harassment by the alleged offender. The magistrate also has to be satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for these fears in order to make an IVO.
Types of Intervention Orders:
An order that is made under the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 or the Stalking Intervention Orders Act 2008.
Where there is a family relationship or a person is or has been involved in a relationship an application for an intervention order must be made under the Family Violence Protection Act 2008.
Where there is no family relationship or the parties are neighbours or friends an application for an intervention order can be made under the Stalking Intervention Orders Act 2008.
Application or order made against you?
You can object to an IVO being made against you. If you have evidence to support your argument you can argue for the application to be withdrawn or you can defend the application at a later date in what is called a contested hearing, by presenting your evidence to the Court for its determination.
You can attend the Court personally to apply for an intervention order. However, if in imminent danger contact Victoria Police on 000.
Contact us to discuss your matter with a Berwick IVO Lawyer.