Police Safety Orders
The purpose of a Police Safety Order is to protect the person at risk from immediate violence, harassment or intimidation.
The Police can issue a Police Safety Order when they believe on reasonable grounds that domestic violence has occurred or might occur. The Police don't need the consent of the person at risk to issue the Order.
The Order lasts for up to five days but more usually one or two days. The expiry time and date is listed on the Order.
What happens when a Police Safety Order is made?
When a Police Safety Order is made, the person being violent (the respondent) must leave the address while the Order is in force, even if they own the property or normally live there.
The respondent must not assault, threaten, intimidate or harass the protected person or encourage anyone else to do so.
The respondent must not follow, stop or contact
the protected person in any way, in any place, either at home, at work, or anywhere else the protected person visits.
The respondent must surrender all firearms and their firearms licence to the Police for the duration of the Order.
The Police Safety Order also protects any children living with the protected person. Any conditions set out in Parenting Orders or agreements permitting access or care by the respondent are suspended.
The Police may detain the respondent for up to two hours to issue and serve the Order.
There's no right of appeal.
What happens if it's breached?
If the respondent breaches a Police Safety Order, the police can charge the respondent and take them to Court. The Court may issue a warrant to arrest the respondent and bring them before the Court.