How to File for a Restraining Order in Perth, Western Australia

Navigating the legalities of filing for a restraining order can be a daunting and sensitive process. At Davies & Co Lawyers, located on Stirling Highway, Nedlands, Perth, we specialize in Premium Family Law and Mediation Services, offering expert guidance and compassionate support. Led by our Principal, Mark Davies, our team is committed to assisting individuals who find themselves in situations where a restraining order may be necessary for their protection.

Understanding Restraining Orders in Western Australia

In Western Australia, restraining orders are legal instruments designed to protect individuals from violence or threats. They are typically used in situations involving domestic violence, stalking, or harassment.

Types of Restraining Orders

  1. Violence Restraining Order (VRO): Aimed at preventing family or domestic violence.
  2. Misconduct Restraining Order (MRO): For situations involving personal violence or threats outside of a family relationship.
  3. Family Violence Restraining Order (FVRO): Specifically for family violence cases.

The Process of Filing a Restraining Order

Step 1: Determine the Right Type of Order

It’s crucial to understand which type of restraining order applies to your situation. Our team at Davies & Co Lawyers can assist you in determining the most suitable type based on your circumstances.

Step 2: Application

Applications for restraining orders are filed at the Magistrates Court. You’ll need to complete the appropriate forms, providing details of the incidents and reasons for your application.

Step 3: Court Hearing

After your application is filed, a court hearing will be scheduled. You may be required to present evidence supporting your claim. In urgent cases, an interim order may be granted immediately.

Step 4: Service of the Order

Once granted, the restraining order must be officially served to the respondent. This is usually done by the police.

Step 5: Final Orders

If the respondent contests the order, a final hearing will be scheduled. If they do not contest, the order may be made final without a hearing.

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— Melanie, Perth WA

How Davies & Co Lawyers Can Assist

Expert Legal Advice

We provide expert legal advice to ensure you understand the process and your rights.

Document Preparation

Our team assists in preparing and submitting all necessary paperwork accurately and promptly.

Court Representation

We provide robust representation in court to advocate for your safety and rights.

Support and Guidance

Our commitment to your well-being means we offer support and guidance throughout the process.

“I have recently had to engage the service of Davies & Co. I found the company to be professional and compassionate. Both Thea and Mark were attentive to my needs while also being respectful of my feelings. I would if in need engage Davies & Co for future cases. Thank you Mark and Thea.”

— Belinda Smith, Perth WA

What to Do After a Restraining Order is Granted

Once a restraining order is in place, it’s essential to:

  1. Keep a Copy: Always keep a copy of the order with you.
  2. Report Violations: Any breach of the order should be reported to the police immediately.
  3. Review and Renewal: Be aware of the order’s expiration date and the process for renewal if necessary.


Filing for a restraining order is a significant step towards ensuring your safety and peace of mind. Understanding the process and having the right legal support is crucial. At Davies & Co Lawyers, we are dedicated to providing you with the necessary legal assistance and empathetic support during such challenging times.

Located conveniently on Stirling Highway, Nedlands, Perth, our team is here to help you navigate through the process of obtaining a restraining order. For professional and sensitive legal assistance, contact Davies & Co Lawyers today.

Disclaimer: This blog provides general information and should not be taken as legal advice. For advice suited to your personal circumstances, please consult with Davies & Co Lawyers.