An AVO is a Court Order that is made where a person (the “Protected Person”) is fearful of another individual, who, in AVO proceedings is known as the “Defendant”. An AVO prescribes conditions with which the Defendant must comply. These conditions typically include a prohibition on the Defendant assaulting, molesting, stalking, intimidating, harassing, threatening or interfering with the Protected Person for a specific period of time.
There are two types of AVO:
- Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO); and
- Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO).
An ADVO is sought where the Defendant is currently in, or has previously had, a domestic relationship with the Protected Person, or, if there are two Protected Persons, where the Defendant has or has had a domestic relationship with at least one of the Protected Persons.
An APVO can be sought where the Defendant and Protected Person are not in a domestic relationship, for example, they may be neighbours or co-workers.
An Interim Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) can be issued by the Local Court, pending the final determination of an application for an AVO. The Court will make an Interim AVO if it considers it appropriate or necessary in the circumstances for the protection and safety of the Protected Person.
An Interim AVO can be made even if the Protected Person is not present during the proceedings and/or where the Defendant has not received notice of the proceedings.
If you require assistance with an AVO 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 at a branch office. For a complete listing please see our "Locations" tab.
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