An Intervention Order (IVO) is an order made by the Court that prohibits the defendant from certain behaviour, such as harassment, 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 a defendant consents to an IVO being made, or if evidence is heard proving that a person in need of protection fears violence or harassment by the defendant. The magistrate also has to be satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for these fears in order to make an IVO.

If you need to make an application for an IVO, or if somebody has made an IVO against you, it is recommended that you seek legal advice from an experienced solicitor immediately.

What happens if someone tries to make an IVO against you? You can object to an IVO being made against you and have the matter adjourned for trial at a later date. Under these circumstances, an interim IVO will be issued until the trial date.


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