Intervention and Personal Safety Orders

Emma Turnbull Lawyers offer advice and representation to both Applicants and Respondents in Intervention Order Applications before the Magistrates’ Court and IVO appeals before the County Court.

The firm has a large practice in this area and are established as one of the firms of choice for people applying for or defending an application for an Intervention Order. Our lawyers are strong negotiators and forceful advocates who 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, such as police prosecutions, family court or immigration applications. We are very much aware of the cross applicability of IVO applications and consequences of an intervention order being made against you or for you.

There are two types of intervention orders:

  • Family Violence Intervention Order – these orders are designed to protect/prevent family violence against a family member; and
  • Personal Safety Intervention Order – these orders are deigned to protect/prevent violence from someone other than a family member (for example friends or neighbours).

The definition of Violence under the relevant legislation is very broad. It may be that you have been served with an intervention order application which you feel is unjust as there has not been any actual violence in the relationship. You should contact our office to discuss what is alleged against you or you are alleging against someone in application for an order.

If you breach the conditions of an intervention order it is a criminal offence. You can be charged by the police which may lead to a finding of guilt and a criminal record. 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