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National Enforcement of Domestic Violence Orders

New laws have been introduced nationwide to strengthen protection of Tasmanian domestic violence victims and their families.

All family violence orders (FVOs) and Police Family Violence Orders (PFVOs) issued in Tasmania from 25 November 2017 are now automatically recognised and enforceable across Australia under the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme.

Existing Tasmanian laws protecting victims and affected family members from domestic violence have not changed. However, local courts across Australia are now able to vary and revoke a nationally recognised FVO regardless of where it was issued.

What you need to do

For FVOs issued prior to 25 November 2017

If you are intending to move interstate, you can apply to any Court in Australia to have your FVO declared.  If you are not intending to move interstate you do not need to take any action.

For FVOs issued on or after 25 November 2017

Your FVO is automatically nationally recognised and you do not need to take any further action.

If you are unsure whether you need to take any action, or if you have further questions, contact the Magistrates Court or visit the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme website.

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