There are two types of apprehended violence orders (AVO), apprehended domestic violence order (ADVO) and apprehended personal violence orders (APVO). The purpose of apprehended violence orders is to protect you and any other nominated person from further violence or threat of further violence. The applications are generally made by the police on behalf of the protect persons. However, you can also lodge an application without the police doing it on your behalf.

The ADVO is made in a domestic context where the parties involved are related, living together, in a relationship or formerly in a relationship. The APVO applies in settings outside the domestic context, including between neighbors.

The general requirement is that the protected person has been a victim of an assault, is threatened with physical harm, has been stalked, harassed, or intimidated and holds a reasonable belief and fear that such behavior will continue.

The default period for an AVO is up to 2 years. However, the Court has discretion over the length of the AVO and can apply a longer period as may be necessary to ensure the safety of the protected persons.

An AVO does not result in a criminal conviction or appear on your record, however, breaching the conditions of an AVO is a criminal offence and may result in criminal conviction and imprisonment.

Written by Malik Anne

Mallik

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