An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is made by a court against a person who makes you fear for your safety, to protect you from further violence, intimidation or harassment. The basic conditions prohibit a person from assaulting, harassing, threatening, stalking, or intimidating you. Other conditions can be included.
There are two types of AVOs:
- Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO):
An Apprehended Domestic Violence Order is made where the people involved are related, living together or in an intimate relationship, or have previously been in this situation. Police can make the application for an Apprehended Violence Order on your behalf if there sufficient evidence to warrant police action.
- Apprehended Personal violence Order (APVO):
An Apprehended Personal Violence Order is made where the people involved are not related and do not have a domestic relationship, for example, they are neighbours or work together. You can apply directly to a local court for an APVO, and do this by attending the Court Registry office and asking for an AVO application form. The application MAY be refused if the court believes the application is frivolous, vexatious or unconvincing.Click here to view AVO conditions.
Justice Family Lawyers provides more information on the ADVO process and the inconsistencies of ADVO and Family Court orders.
The Hunter Region has a significantly high report rate of AVO breaches, meaning that many offenders are not following court orders. Please contact us for information and support around reporting AVO breaches.