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Intervention and Personal Safety Orders

Intervention Orders are a civil order, ultimately between the Court and the Respondent. That is the Court Orders in an Intervention Order behaviours that the Respondent is prohibited from engaging in.

Emma Turnbull Lawyers offer advice and representation to both Applicants and Respondents in Intervention Order Applications.

Intervention Order applications are heard before the Magistrates’ Court. Appeals against the making of Orders are heard in the County Court.

The firm has a large practice in this area and are established as the lawyers of choice due to our firm position negotiation skills and robust advocacy. Our lawyers are strong negotiators and forceful advocates. They will protect your legal rights and interests as if they were their own.

Intervention Order proceedings are often used as a tool for strategic advantage in other legal proceedings. This includes police prosecutions, Family Court proceedings or Immigration hearings. We are very much aware of the negative impact Intervention Orders can have on other unrelated litigation.

There are two types of intervention orders:

While an Intervention Order is a civil court order, breach of an IVO is a criminal offence. You can be charged by the police which may lead to a finding of guilt and a criminal record. It is essential to argue against the making of an Intervention Order to avoid this becoming an issue if at all possible.

You can read Senior Associate Joseph Adamo’s Guide on defending an intervention order application here.

If you have been charged with breaching an intervention order, you should call our office today to seek advice from one of our lawyers by telephoning (03) 9077 4834 or emailing

What do I do now?

To ensure the best chance of a successful defence, it is important to get in contact with an expert criminal lawyer as soon as possible. At Emma Turnbull Lawyers, we have experienced criminal defence lawyers who can assist you in defending this charge.

Contact our office today to speak to an accredited criminal law specialist, on (03) 9077 4834 or at