Personal safety intervention orders (PSIO)
A court order to protect a person, their children and their property from another person’s behaviour. Personal safety intervention orders may be known as restraining or apprehended violence orders in other states and territories.
You should contact the police by calling 000 if you are in immediate danger or if you feel unsafe.
Contacting the court
If you have an upcoming court date, you must contact us at least seven days before the court hearing to help us prepare your case for court. You can do this by completing the pre-court information form.
From 21 March 2022, if you are the affected person (the person applying for, or to be protected by the order) there are different ways that you can take part in the court hearing – online or in person. Please use the pre-court information form to tell us how you want to take part in the court hearing. The court will prioritise your preference where safe and practical to do so.
If you are the protected person and the police have applied for the intervention order, you are not required to attend the court hearing in person if you are contactable by police on the day of the court hearing. Please use the pre-court information form to tell us how you want to take part in the court hearing – online or in person. The court will prioritise your preference where safe and practical to do so.
From 21 March 2022, if you are the respondent (the person the order is against) you must take part in the court hearing in person (go to court). If you do not go to court for the court hearing, the magistrate can still make a final intervention order against you.
If you do not contact us before the hearing day, the court may hear and determine your matter in your absence.
Go to the family violence page to make an application for an intervention order against a family member, partner or ex-partner.
There are two types of personal safety intervention orders (PSIO); interim orders and final orders.
The person applying for a PSIO is called the applicant or affected person. The person who the application is made against is called the respondent.
If you have been assaulted, harassed, threatened, stalked or had your property damaged, you can make an application.
If a family member, partner or ex-partner is behaving in this way, a family violence intervention order can be made. Go to the family violence page for more information.
PSIO’s have rules – known as conditions – explaining how the respondent can behave. They can help if you have a dispute with a:
- work colleague
- person you know or stranger.
To make an application for a PSIO, see the applying for an intervention order page.
This is not a full list of legislation associated with this topic. See the Victorian Government's legislation website for more information.