What Happens for a Respondent?

If you have been told you’re a respondent for a domestic violence order application, you might have some questions about what this means. It can be a confusing time, but it can help to have a clear picture of what’s likely to happen next.

At Brooke Winter Solicitors, we often talk with people in this situation. Here are some common questions we hear, and some general answers we might give. If you’re in this situation, it’s a good idea to get specific advice, but this might give you some things to think about.

What Does This Application Mean?

A QLD Domestic Violence Order is issued by a court. So, before someone can ask the court to make an order, they need to make an application.

What Happens In Court?

What If I Don’t Want To Follow The Order?

You need to obey the Domestic Violence Order. If you don’t, you could be charged with a criminal offence.

If you disagree with the order, you do have options within the legal system. You can appeal the decision.

You can also apply to have the order modified at a later stage. For example, if circumstances change, you and the aggrieved (the applicant for the order) might make the application together.

How Does The New Domestic Violence Court Affect Me?

The new Gold Coast domestic violence court – along with other recent changes to the local system – is designed to provide extra support for people involved in domestic violence hearings. You might be connected with extra support, such as a healthy relationships program.

What Next?

Although it can be a confusing time, be sure to follow the directions you receive from police or the court. By keeping your actions in line with your legal responsibilities, you can focus on your options.