Restraining orders

A restraining order is designed to prevent acts of family or personal violence.

If you are experiencing family violence, contact the Family Violence Service for help and support. Contact the Service for further information.

A restraining order is designed to prevent acts of family or personal violence. It is an order of the court which prohibits the person who is bound by the order from doing certain things, such as coming within a certain distance of or attempting to contact the protected person (either in person, through another person, or by SMS, email or social media).

There are different kinds of restraining order, depending on what you need.

The Family Violence Restraining Order is currently the only restraining order which can be applied for online. A legal representative must lodge an online restraining order for you. A list of these legal representative can be found at the end of this page.

Having a restraining order allows the police to intervene on behalf of the protected person if the conditions are breached. A person who breaches an order can be charged by the police with a criminal offence. If this happens, the court will deal with the offender.

When responding to a request for assistance involving a family violence related incident, police officers also have the ability to issue a police order for up to 72 hours in certain circumstances. This is a temporary restraining order that allows the protected person the ability to later make an application to a court during normal business hours. Please contact the Western Australia Police Force on 131 444 if you require police assistance or 000 in an emergency.

An application for restraining orders can be made by:

  • A person seeking protection
  • A parent or guardian of a child or adult under guardianship
  • An authorised support service provider assisting a person to make an order online.

Applications in person

Applications for restraining orders can be made at any Magistrates Court. If the respondent is a juvenile, an application for a restraining order can be made at Children's Court.

If a person seeking to be protected is a child and the respondent is not a child, the application can be made at either the Magistrates Court or the Children's Court.

Applications online

The online restraining order application service has been introduced to make it possible for people seeking the protection of a restraining order to have their application lodged online without having to attend a court registry. Please be aware though that you cannot lodge an online restraining order application yourself. You must lodge it through one of the approved legal organisations or practitioners below. You can visit or phone one of these organisations and they will be able to help you lodge the application.

If you are a private legal practitioner or a law firm and would like to be registered to lodge restraining orders online on behalf of your clients, complete the Request for Approval and Registration - Online Restraining Order Application form and return it to cvoc@justice.wa.gov.au.

For more information please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions or call the Office of the Commissioner for Victims of Crime on 6 18 9425 2973.

Approved organisations to help people lodge restraining order applications online

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You can visit or phone one of these organisations and they will be able to help you lodge the application.

Perth Metro

Legal Aid WA
32 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
1300 650 579

Aboriginal Family Law Services
890 Albany Highway
East Victoria Park WA 6101
(08) 9355 1502

Fremantle Community Legal Centre
Level 1 Suite 31 Fremantle Malls
35 William Street
Fremantle WA 6160
(08) 9432 9790

Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre
Building 1 Edith Cowan University
270 Joondalup Drive
Joondalup WA 6027
(08) 9301 4413

Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre
10 Cobbler Place
Mirrabooka WA 6061
(08) 9440 1663

SCALES Community Legal Centre
Suite 3 St Nicholas Community Centre
14 Council Ave
Rockingham WA 6168
(08) 9550 0400

Sussex Street Community Legal Service
29 Sussex Street
East Victoria Park WA 6981
(08) 6253 9500

The Humanitarian Group
Ground Floor
445 Hay Street
Perth WA 6000
(08) 6148 3600

Women’s Legal Service WA
Level 1 CSA building
445 Hay Street
Perth WA 6000
(08) 9272 8800

Youth Legal Service
Suite 3
12 St George's Terrace
Perth WA 6000
(08) 9202 1688

Great Southern

Legal Aid WA
Suite 3 43-47 Duke Street
Albany WA 6330
1800 813 874

Albany Community Legal Centre
125 Grey Street
Albany WA 6330
(08) 9842 8566

Southern Aboriginal Corporation
45-47 Serpentine Road
Albany WA 6330
(08) 9842 7751

West Kimberley

Legal Aid WA
Upper Level Woody's Arcade
15-17 Dampier Terrace
Broome WA 6725
1800 813 796

Aboriginal Family Law Services
Unit 1/46 Dampier Terrace,
Broome WA 6725
(08) 9193 5455

East Kimberley

Legal Aid WA
98 Konkerberry Drive
Kununurra WA 6743
1800 991 347

Aboriginal Family Law Services
Suite 1/10 Banksia Street
Kununurra WA 6743
(08) 9168 2001

Kimberley Community Legal Centre
4 Papuana Street
Kununurra WA 6743
(08) 9169 3100

Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre
Lot 284 Balanijangarri Road
Fitzroy Crossing WA 6765
(08) 9191 5284

South West

Legal Aid WA
7th Floor Bunbury Tower
61 Victoria Street
Bunbury WA 6230
1800 813 732

outh West Community Legal Centre
14 Plaza Street
Bunbury WA 6230
(08) 9791 3532

Goldfields

Legal Aid WA
Suite 3
120 Egan Street
Kalgoorlie WA 6430
(08) 9025 1300

Aboriginal Family Law Services
2/45 Brookman Street
Kalgoorlie WA 6430
(08) 9021 0244

Goldfields Community Legal Centre
23 Maritana Street
Kalgoorlie WA 6430
1300 139 188

Pilbara

Legal Aid WA
28-32 Throssell Rd
South Hedland WA 6722
1800 421 129

Aboriginal Family Law Services
2/3 Hunt Street
South Hedland WA 6722
(08) 9172 5024

Pilbara Community Legal Services
Lotteries House Units 1, 2 and 3
7 Morse Court
Karratha WA 6714
(08) 9185 5899

Pilbara Community Legal Services
Units 7 and 9
2 Leake Street
South Hedland WA 6722
(08) 9140 1613

Gascoyne and Mid-West

Legal Aid WA
Unit 8 273 Foreshore Drive
Geraldton WA 6530
1800 813 492

Aboriginal Family Law Services
66 Fitzgerald Street
Geraldton WA 6530
(08) 9965 4654

Peel

Citizens Advice Bureau
Mewburn Centre
Sholl Street
Mandurah WA 6171
(08) 9535 3101

Peel Community Legal Services
Suite 6 Charlotte Lodge
2 Sutton Street
Mandurah WA 6171
(08) 9581 4511

Wheatbelt

Wheatbelt Community Legal Centre
327 Fitzgerald Street
Northam WA 6401
(08) 9622 5200

Family Violence Restraining Orders

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A family violence restraining order is intended to restrain a person who:

  • has committed family violence against you and is likely to commit family violence against you again or
  • behaves in a way that makes you believe that family violence will be committed in the future.

‘Family violence’ means violence, or a threat of violence, by a person towards a family member of the person; or any other behaviour by the person that coerces or controls the family member or causes the member to be fearful.
If you have already been attacked or threatened with violence, a criminal offence may also have been committed. You should tell the police and ask for an incident report number.

Under special circumstances, a family violence restraining order can be sought by the police on your behalf by telephone, at any time, any day. Telephone orders as such only remain in force for three months at most.
Life-long restraining orders can also be granted in extreme cases.

When a family violence restraining order is made, the court or magistrate will also make an order preventing the respondent from having a firearm licence or any guns. It is essential that you inform the police or court if you are aware that the respondent has access to a gun.

Consent is not a defence to breaching a family violence restraining order. Even if the victim says it's okay to get together, it is considered a breach of the order and may lead to time in prison for the offender.

There is no fee payable when you apply for a family violence restraining order.

The Family Violence Service is a voluntary and free service available for family violence victims who may need assistance with court support, information and referral to other services.  Family Violence Service is available for family violence victims who have made an application for a Family Violence Restraining Order at the Magistrates Court of Western Australia at Armadale, Fremantle, Joondalup, Midland, Perth and Rockingham. Please call 1800 600 476 or email FamilyViolenceService@justice.wa.gov.au

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Violence Restraining Orders

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Violence restraining orders are intended to restrain a person who:

  • you believe is likely to either commit a violent personal offence against you, or a person  for whom you have legal responsibility - such as a child; or
  • behaves in a way to create a fear that such an offence will be committed.

If you have already been attacked or threatened with violence, a criminal offence may also have been committed. You should tell the police and ask for an incident report number.

Under special circumstances, a violence restraining order can be sought by the police on your behalf by telephone, at any time, any day. Telephone orders as such only remain in force for three months at most.

Life-long restraining orders can also be granted in extreme cases.

When a violence restraining order is made, the court or magistrate will also make an order preventing the respondent from having a firearm licence or any guns. It is essential that you inform the police or court if you are aware that the respondent has access to a gun.

Consent is not a defence to breaching a violence restraining order. Even if the victim says it's okay to get together, it is considered a breach of the order and may lead to time in prison.

There is no fee payable when you apply for a violence restraining order.

Misconduct Restraining Orders

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Misconduct restraining orders are intended to restrain a person:

  • from behaving in a way that is intimidating or offensive to you or a person for whom you have legal responsibility
  • likely to cause damage to your property
  • from committing a breach of the peace.

You can only apply for a misconduct restraining order if you are recognised by the police or courts as a vulnerable person.

There is a fee for the lodgment of a Misconduct Restraining Order. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, apply to the clerk of courts for a waiver of the fee.

Page reviewed 6 December 2021