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Legal > Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs)


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An AVO is a Court Order designed to protect a person (“the Protected Person”) from being intimidated, stalked, assaulted, harassed or threatened by another person. In the case of an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (“ADVO”), the Protected Person is protected against such conduct being demonstrated by a person with whom the Protected Person has or has had a domestic relationship with.

The ADVO protects the Protected Person by imposing conditions on the contact between the parties. Conditions of an ADVO may include, prohibitions on:

  1. Assaulting, molesting, harassing, intimidating, threatening or “interfering with” the Protected Person;
  2. Stalking the Protected Person;
  3. Attending the Protected Person’s workplace or residence;
  4. Approaching the Protected Person;
  5. Damaging property owned by or in the possession of the Protected Person.

An application for an ADVO can be made to the Local Court by the Protected Person or by the Police, depending on the circumstances. At Court, the person against whom the ADVO is sought, will have the option to consent or otherwise object to the issue of the ADVO. If an objection is made, the application will be set down for final hearing. An interim ADVO may be granted pending the final hearing. At the final hearing, the Magistrate will determine whether to issue the ADVO and if so, the appropriate and/or necessary conditions.

The ADVO will operate for a specified period of time. The ADVO can be extended by way of a further application to the Court if the Protected Person is still fearful.

The ADVO can be revoked or varied upon an application to the Court. If children are also named as Protected Persons under the ADVO, only the Police can apply to have the ADVO revoked.

A breach of an ADVO is a criminal offence. Police should be immediately notified of any such breach.

If you require assistance with your ADVO matter, you may wish to contact our office and arrange an appointment to see one of our AVO Solicitors in our Sydney office. By appointment, we can also arrange a time for you to see one of our lawyers in a branch office. For a complete listing please see our "Locations" tab.

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