Domestic violence orders marginally up on this time last year

In January to March 2023, there was a similar number of applications made, with a 0.4% increase, compared to the equivalent quarter in 2022, according to the Ministry of Justice’s quarterly Family Court statistics.

The overall picture highlights a longer-term increase in the number of applications, with the number of applications in the latest quarter almost double those made since the series began in 2011. The number of orders made remained the same over the same period.

In January to March 2023, there were 8,275 domestic violence remedy applications, similar to the same quarter in 2022, requesting a total of 9,524 orders (multiple orders can be applied for in a single application).

Most of the orders applied for were non-molestation orders (84%) compared to occupation orders (16%) – these proportions have remained relatively consistent in recent years.

Applications for non-molestation orders in January to March 2023 remained at a similar level compared to the same period in 2022, while occupation order applications decreased by 1%.

There were 9,516 domestic violence orders made in January to March 2023, unchanged from the same period last year.

95% were non-molestation orders and 5% were occupation orders, with numbers remaining similar to the equivalent quarter in 2022.

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