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National Domestic Violence Order Scheme commences

25/11/2017

In the past, restraining orders that relate to family and domestic violence only applied in the state or territory in which they were issued or registered. This has changed. On 25 November 2017, the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme commenced. From this date, every new family violence restraining order and police order will be automatically recognised and enforceable across Australia. This eliminates the need for the victim to go to a court and register their order, and means that the order can be enforced by local police no matter where in Australia the victim and perpetrator are located. If your order was issued on or after 25 November 2017, it is automatically recognised and enforceable across Australia without the need for you to take any further action. If your order was issued before 25 November 2017, you can choose to have your order nationally recognised so that you are protected across Australia. You can do this by applying to a Magistrates Court. If you are not planning to travel to or live within another state or territory, you may choose not to declare your order. You will remain protected in WA. For more information, go to www.justice.wa.gov.au/ndvos

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