When deciding whether to make an interim or ongoing (final) intervention order, the police and the Court may take into account any factor they consider relevant in the circumstances [Intervention Orders (Prevention of Abuse) Act 2009 (SA) s 10(4)], including any legal proceedings between the defendant and protected person [s 10(2)(e)].
A range of factors must be recognised and taken into account in determining whether it is appropriate to issue an intervention order and in determining the terms of an intervention order [see Intervention Orders (Prevention of Abuse) Act 2009 (SA) s 10].
The nature of abuse
The Court and the police must recognise the fact that abuse:
What must be given priority
The Court and the police must take into account that it is of primary importance to prevent abuse and to prevent children from being exposed to the effects of abuse.
The purpose of intervention
The Court and police must ensure, as far as is practicable, that any order:
Issues in relation to contact
The Court and the police must take into account:
See Intervention Orders (Prevention of Abuse) Act 2009 (SA) s 10(2).
When deciding to issue a final intervention order the Court must make inquiries whether there is any relevant Family Law Act order or Children’s Protection Act order and how the final intervention order will be likely to affect contact between the protected person or the defendant and any child of the protected person and/or the defendant. The Court must take steps to avoid inconsistency between the intervention order and any Family Law Act or Children’s Protection Act order [Intervention Orders (Prevention of Abuse) Act 2009 (SA) s 23(1a)].
Issues in relation to property
The Court and the police must take into account any relevant agreement or order for the division of property under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) or the Domestic Partners Property Act 1996 (SA) or a corresponding law of another jurisdiction [s 10(2)(c)].
When considering whether:
the Court and police must take into account the income, assets and liabilities of the defendant and the protected person.
When the defendant is a child
If the defendant is a child, the Court and police must, as far as is practicable when making an order:
See Intervention Orders (Prevention of Abuse) Act 2009 (SA) s 10(1)(d)(v).
When the defendant does not know where the protected person lives or works
The Court and police must consider whether issuing an order would be counterproductive if the defendant does not know where the protected person lives or works. Depending on the terms of the intervention order, issuing it may give the defendant this information. This would be the case, for example, where a person wanted an order that the defendant stay away from them. Other terms that do not give the defendant this information may be included in the order.
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