Apprehended Violence Orders
Two types of AVOs
- Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) and
- Apprehended Personal Violence Orders (APVOs).
An ADVO is an order made by the court to protect a person from violence, threats, harassment and stalking by a current or former partner, relative, carer or person living in the same household or residential facility.
An ADVO can include protection for your children. The ADVO restricts the behaviour of the person it is taken against (called the defendant) by placing conditions on them.
If the defendant does not obey the conditions in the ADVO, it is called a breach and police will investigate.
If you fear for your safety, you can apply for an ADVO directly at your Local Court or you can report your fears and experience abuse to the police and officers can apply for an ADVO on your behalf. Police officers must apply for an ADVO if they suspect or believe that a domestic violence offence, child abuse offence or stalking/intimidation offence has been, or is likely to be, committed.