FAMILY VIOLENCE (PROTECTION OF VICTIMS) ACT, 2000

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Application for protection order.

4. Protection order.

5. Costs.

6. Offence.

7. Regulations.

8. Savings.

4 of 2000.

SI 19 of 2000.

AN ACT to provide for protection against family violence.

[Date of commencement: 1st May 2000]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Family Violence (Protection of Victims) Act, 2000.

2. Interpretation.

(1) In this Act—

"Director of Social Services" means the person performing the functions of this office in the Ministry responsible for social affairs;

"family violence" means conduct, whether actual or threatened, by a person towards, or towards the property of, a member of the person's family that causes that or another member of the person's family to fear for or to be apprehensive about, the personal safety or well being of that or the other member of the person's family.

"member of a person's family" or "family member of a person" means—

(a) a spouse or former spouse of the person;

(b) a son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter of the person or of the spouse or of a former spouse of the person;

(c) a brother, sister, parent or grandparent of the of the person or of the spouse or of a former spouse of the person;

(d) a member of the household of the person or of the spouse or of a former spouse of the person;

"protection order" means a protection order under this Act;

"respondent" means the person against whom a protection order is sought or is in force;

"spouse" includes—

(a) a person of the opposite sex who is cohabiting with another person as the de facto husband or wife of that other person;

(b) a person of the opposite sex, whether living with another person or not, who with the other person are the parents of a common child;

"Tribunal" means the Family Tribunal established under the Children Act.

3. Application for protection order.

(1) The Tribunal may, on an application, grant a protection order.

(2) An application for a protection order may be made—

(a) by a family member who has been or may be subjected to family violence;

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