Personal safety intervention orders for stalking

Under the Personal Safety Intervention Orders Act 2010 (Vic) (“PSIO Act”), it is possible to obtain a personal safety intervention order on the balance of probabilities for “stalking” (defined in s 10 PSIO Act). In such cases, the affected person/applicant and the respondent do not need to be family members. Stalking is less common in family violence situations; it is more common between neighbours, co-tenants, boarders, lodgers, parties who hardly know one another, or acquaintances. The PSIO Act also covers cyber-stalking. In addition, stalking is a separate criminal offence under section 21A of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic).