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A Domestic Violence Order takes effect from the day it is made.
Courts usually hear Domestic Violence Applications on set days.
Depending on the circumstances, a Court might consider it necessary to make an urgent Temporary Protection Order before the Respondent is served with the Application.
If the making of a Protection Order is contested by the Respondent, the Court will list the matter for a hearing at which it will hear all evidence before it then makes a decision as to whether it will grant a Protection Order.
Sometimes that Hearing date will be some time away and if circumstances warrant it, the court might in the meantime make a Temporary Protection Order.
A Domestic Violence Protection Order will apply for a certain period of time. The Protection Order will state on it, how long it is in force for.
Once it is made on a final basis, a Protection Order is usually not made for any longer than 2 years.
If the Court is satisfied that there are special reasons for doing so, the Court may order that a Protection Order continues for a period longer than two years.
If you wish to have the Domestic Violence Protection Order apply for a period longer than the time frame the Orders says it applies for, a new Application for a Domestic Violence Protection Order will need to be made.
If another Application for a Domestic Violence Protection Order is made the Court will usually require some evidence of further acts or incidents (some continuing bad behaviour) which have occurred after the initial Protection Order was made.
Michelle Beatty, Senior Lawyer
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