Family violence (previously referred to as domestic violence) is hurting a family member or someone you're in a close personal relationship with. Family violence can be hurting somone physically. It can also be hurting someone emotionally, psychologically, financially and/or sexually.
Family violence can happen in many kinds of relationships, including between:
If you’re unsure about whether you’re experiencing family violence, you can learn more and take the Positive Relationship quiz at areyouok.org.nz(external link)
People at risk from family violence can get a Protection Order from the court.
A Protection Order has two main conditions: no violence and no contact with the people protected by the Order. A Protection Order can be in place even if you're living with the person who's been violent (the respondent).
You can apply for a Protection Order if you're in, or have been in, a close personal relationship with a person being violent.
A Property Order says who can live in a specific house or flat. A Furniture Order says who can keep the furniture including appliances, like a fridge and beds.
Safety services are designed to help you deal with the effects of the violence, feel more confident and move forward with your life. They'll explain how to keep safe and provide practical information about how Protection Orders work.
A Police Safety Order (PSO) may be issued by Police when they attend a family violence incident. The PSO means the person being violent must leave the home temporarily, even if they own the property and live there.
If you’ve been served with a temporary Protection Order, it means the court decided it was urgently needed to protect the person who applied.
Forms to apply for, or respond to, a Protection Order.
The following resources can assist you in getting help or talking through your situation.
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