What part of “shall not” don’t you understand?

It shouldn’t be difficult should it?  You just have to avoid acting like a tool.

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In 2017 an intervention order was served on a man in Portland, Australia.  He was forbidden from physically or verbally intimidating a particular other person.  On 13 April 2018 he was at that person’s home when an argument saw him grab their chair and then verbally abuse them.  The offender was charged with breaching an intervention order.  The report leaves unclear what sort of intervention order was imposed.  However, the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic.), §123(2) provides that breaching a family violence intervention order is punishable by up to two years imprisonment.

The defendant was presented for trial in Portland Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty.  He submitted that a series of quarrels combined with a failure to take medication had lead to the actions breaching the order.  Toose M imposed a fine of $1,200.00.

Police v Kennett (2018) Portland Observer & Guardian, 2 May 2018, p.5

Give up already.

It helps to know when to walk away.

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On 13 February 2018 a man in western Victoria, Australia, asked a family member to buy paint for him.  When they declined, he became angry and smashed windows in the family home and car.  He was charged with breaching §197(1) of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic.):

A person who intentionally and without lawful excuse destroys or damages any property belonging to another or to himself and another shall be guilty of an indictable offence and liable to level 5 imprisonment (10 years maximum).

On 14 February 2018 the Hamilton Magistrates Court issued an intervention order directing him not to recontact a particular family member or to enter the family home.  Despite this, later in February he entered the home and became aggressive towards the family member.  The charge of breaching an intervention order was added to the prosecution.

The offender was presented for trial in Portland Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty.  He was fined $1,000.00 by Toose M.

Police v Bradley (2018) Portland Observer & Guardian, 2 May 2018, p.5