An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is an order made by the Court that restricts certain behaviour of the defendant towards another person.
An AVO is made by the Court to protect people by ordering defendants not to do certain things. The defendant must obey the orders made by the Court. The AVO comes into effect immediately if the defendant is at Court when the order is made.
If the defendant is not at Court when the order is made, it will not take effect until the police hand a copy of the AVO to the defendant. The AVO will last for the period of time set out in the order. The complainant can change or cancel the AVO by applying to the Court.
There are two types of Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs):
Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO)
An Apprehended Domestic Violence Order is made when the people involved are related or in a domestic relationship, such as a family member or a current or former spouse or partner.
Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO)
An Apprehended Personal Violence Order (also known as a ‘Private AVO’) is made when the people involved are not related or in a domestic relationship, such as work colleagues or neighbours.
If you have been issued with an AVO or have been threatened with one, our experienced criminal lawyers can help. Call our Newcastle office on (02) 4058 5844 to speak to one of our experienced AVO lawyers about appealing or revoking an AVO.