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041 984 4550

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Legal Issues >   Safety Order

Safety Order

A safety order is an order which prohibits the abuser from further violence or threats of violence. It does not oblige that person to leave the family home. A safety order offers the same protection as a protection order, it is renewable and can be issued for up to 5 years in the district court.

Who Can Apply For A Safety Order.

  • A spouse.
  • If you have been living with the abuser as husband and wife for six months of the twelve month period immediately prior to the application for the safety order. (Co-habiting couples)
  • If you are not living with the abuser but you have a child in common.
  • If you are a parent of the abuser and the abuser is over 18 years of age and is not a dependent.
  • If you are over 18 years of age and you live with the abuser in a relationship which is not contractual, e.g. two relatives living together.
  • Your health board can apply for a safety order on your behalf in some circumstances. When you apply for a safety order you will be given a protection order which comes into effect immediately and it will protect you until your court hearing for a safety order.
  • You may be required to provide evidence of abuse in court.Once the court is satisfied that your safety or welfare is in jeopardy, the court will instruct the abuser ;
    • Not to threaten to use violence, molest or put fear into you or your children.
    • Not to watch or beset where you or your children are living, if you are living away from the abuser.
  • A safety order lasts five years unless previously stated otherwise in court. It is also renewable.
  • A safety order is useful for someone who wants protection but is not necessarily ready to have their spouse/partner barred from the home.

For more information contact the refuge on    041-9844550

Or the clerk of the court on 0429392350