Enough is Enough: VRO for Family and Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence in PerthAre you in an abusive relationship with family members or with a partner? Do you know anyone who is? You do not have to go through this alone; there are people ready to help you.

There is a way to get out of violent relationships: you can file for a Violence Restraining Order (VRO) and prevent this from happening again. Below, criminal lawyers in Perth share information on how things could count as family and domestic violence as well as the process of filing for a VRO.

Family and Domestic Violence

These behaviours cause the victim/s to live in fear. You can call an act “violent” if a person inflicts physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse on you. According to the law, the acts under family and domestic violence include damaging properties, inflicting injuries, assault, stalking and threats. This also includes animal abuse (injuring and killing).

Are you eligible to apply for a VRO?

VROs are available for those who seek protection. Police officers and guardians may apply in your place; if you are under 18, a child welfare officer can also apply for you.

When applying for a VRO, you are the applicant and the one you are filing it against is the respondent, once the order is implemented, they are then called the “person bound”.

Does the VRO count as a criminal charge on the part of the person bound?

A VRO does not appear as a charge on the person bound’s criminal records. But, if they breach the VRO, only then will it count as a criminal offence.

What are the implications of a VRO?

Once implemented, there are restrictions as to what the person bound can do, especially when you are in the vicinity.

  • Distance.
  • Being near your home or place of work is a restriction on the offender’s part.
  • In certain places, there is an approximate distance given between you and the offender upon the implementation of the order.
  • Contact.
  • There are restrictions on any form of contact such as emailing, texting, ringing, especially if it is to make arrangements.
What factors count as a breach in VRO?

There are conditions on the order that states what the person bound can and cannot do. If it specifically says they cannot do it and they still did, then it counts as a breach of the order. For example, if the order specified that the person bound cannot go to your home or your place of work, and they appeared on your doorstep a few days after the implementation of the order, then they have just committed a criminal offence.

There are people willing to help you get through the situation. Make sure you know all your options.