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Early education and advice is key

If you have been served with an application for a protection order by the Police, you need to remember the cardinal rule - do not contact the aggrieved the minute the police leave. 

Instead, contact a lawyer to give you early advice on your strategy and the options available to you. 

Should you resist the application? Should you consent to the application? Have you been served a temporary protection order with the application? Are there broader issues that need to be addressed such as family breakdown, matters to do with children or property between you and the aggrieved?  Irrespective of your strategy, early education about navigating protection orders is the key to avoiding potential breaches of the order. 

Here are some common misconceptions about protection orders:

  • "It's just a piece of paper. It doesn't mean anything." 

  • "The aggrieved can't stop me from going to my house. It's my house. "

  • "I'm not breaching the order if the aggrieved contacts me first."

  • "How can it be a breach if we just walk past each other in the shopping centre?"

  • "I didn't approach the kids. They ran up to me."

  • "I have to restrict access to money otherwise we can't afford to pay the bills." 

If you're trying to deal with a protection order, access to children and financial issues, you should speak to a lawyer before taking any action that could later be considered domestic violence. 

if you're unsure whether the action you're taking could be considered domestic violence, you definitely need to call a lawyer fast.  

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