Police Safety Orders
The order lasts from one to five days to protect the person at risk from violence, harassment or intimidation.
Police do not need the consent of the person at risk to issue the order.
The person bound by the order:
The PSO also protects any children living with the person at risk and any conditions of parenting orders or agreements permitting access of care by the bound person are suspended.
Police may detain the bound person for up to two hours to issue and serve the PSO.
There is no right of appeal.
If the bound person does anything that is not permitted by the PSO, the Police can take the person into custody and put them before the Court, which may:
No criminal convictions result from the issue or breach of a PSO but any offences committed, such as assault, will be investigated and charges laid where sufficient evidence exists.
For information on family violence and agencies that can assist, click here.
For the legislation relating to Police safety orders, see The Domestic Violence Amendment Act 2009.