PAGE 3Guide to applying for a ProtectionOrder
V1 June 2019
Do you need legal advice?
You can make this application yourself or you may want to get a lawyer to help you ﬁll out this form.
The New Zealand Law Society has a directory of lawyers around New Zealand.
Legal aid: If you can’t aord a lawyer you may qualify for legal aid which will pay for a lawyer. You can
ﬁnd out more about applying for legal aid here: https://www.justice.govt.nz/get-legal-aid
Community Law Centres have lawyers who can support you, and this service is usually free. To ﬁnd your
closest Community Law Centre look in your phone book or online at www.communitylaw.org.nz
Do you have questions about this form?
If you have questions about this form you can call the Ministry of Justice on freephone:
0800 268 787 (9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday)
What is violence?
Violence can be many things including:
Physical Someone hurting you. For example by hitting, slapping, kicking you with their body, a weapon or an
object, strangling, choking, suocating, or burning you.
Sexual Someone pressuring you to do something you don’t want to do sexually. For example someone
forcing you to have sex, touching you or forcing you to perform sexual acts or watch pornography.
For example someone putting you down, making you feel useless, calling you names, humiliating you
in private or in public. Someone controlling you, isolating you, stopping access to aids or medication,
being cruel to your pets, stalking or harassing you in person or on your phone or on the internet,
breaking your things, or breaking into your home.
Financial For example someone taking money from you, using your bank cards, getting you into debt without
your permission. Someone pressuring you to get a loan or to sell your property. Stopping you from
accessing your money.
Someone making threats to you face-to-face, over the phone, by email or written in notes, letters or
on social media.
Examples of a threat can be:
• Someone saying they’re going to hurt or kill you, your children, or a pet.
• Someone holding their ﬁst, a knife, hammer, gun or other weapon near you and threatening to
hurt you (but not physically hurting you).
• Someone threatening to report you to authorities (for example Immigration, Work and Income,
• Someone saying they’re going to commit suicide to try and control what you do.