Handy Hints (37) – Applying for a Family Violence Restraining Order online

26 April 2022


OSD Presents…Handy Hints (37)

Victims of family violence can apply for restraining orders online under new laws introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The online application can be completed through registered legal services which provide family violence assistance, including Legal Aid WA, Aboriginal Family Law Services and community legal centres. These new processes are designed to make is easier for victims of family violence to apply for restraining orders.

While the COVID-19 restrictions are in place, people who are unable to attend court because they are isolating can contact the Magistrates Court directly to make an application to the Court requesting to appear in Court by alternative means, such as telephone. If the Magistrate hearing the application grants an order and it is served on the respondent, the victim can be informed electronically, including via a text message.

If you are in imminent danger, you should immediately call 000. We are also available to provide you with advice about applying for restraining orders, and representation at restraining order hearings.

We’re Here to Help

Family law matters can be difficult and complex. If you require any assistance with a family law dispute, always contact a legal practitioner who will be able to help.

O’Sullivan Davies has practitioners experienced in dealing with all family law issues. More information about our services can be found at our About Us page here.


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