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Apprehended Violence Orders

Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO)

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In New South Wales, laws surrounding apprehended violence orders (AVOs) and domestic violence offences are complex. Therefore, it is extremely important that a person who is facing an AVO obtains immediate legal advice from an expert Sydney AVO Lawyer.

Our office provides a free 24-hour Sydney Domestic Violence Lawyer hotline to give emergency legal advice to anyone who is charged with a domestic violence offence or issued with an AVO.

If you, or someone that you know has been charged with a domestic violence offence or if you have been issued with an AVO get in touch with one of our expert Sydney AVO Lawyers immediately on 1300SILENT (1300-745-368).

Alternatively continue reading below to find out more about Apprehended Violence Orders.

What is an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO)?

Although they are commonly referred to as “AVOs”, in New South Wales, there is no such thing as a general “AVO”.

Rather, there are two different types of AVOs that can be put in place to protect a person, they are:

1) ADVOs (Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders); and

2) APVOs (Apprehended Personal Violence Orders).

Although these orders are similar and can both be categorised as AVO’s, they each apply in different circumstances.

Our expert Sydney AVO Lawyers can explain the difference between the two AVOs to you, however, in short the difference is that Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders deal with circumstances arising from domestic relationships. Whereas, Apprehended Personal Violence Orders operate in any other circumstance where a domestic relationship is not in place.

An apprehended violence order is an order that essentially restricts a person from undertaking certain acts in respect of another person.  The idea is that these restrictions will help ensure the safety and protection of the person.

Every AVO must contain the “mandatory conditions”, that is the conditions that prohibit the person stalking, intimidating, harassing, interfering with or damaging a persons property.

Additionally, the courts usually impose further conditions, these further conditions commonly include:

a) Contact restrictions;

b) Restrictions that deny a person from approaching a place where a person lives or works;

c) Restrictions that prohibit a person from living at a certain address.

An AVO will usually remain in force as long as the court deems that it is necessary to protect the person. This period is usually 12 to 24 months.

It is important to note that an AVO is not a criminal charges and a person cannot be given a criminal record for an AVO.

Although AVOs can be associated with criminal offences, they are entirely civil in nature.

The only time that an AVO will result in a criminal matter is if the person breaches the AVO.


To find out more about apprehended violence orders organise a free first conference with one of our expert Sydney AVO Lawyers or alternatively click on the links below to find out more detailed information about the specific type of apprehended violence order that applies to your case.

Apprehended Personal Violence Orders (APVO)

Breaching an Apprehended Violence Order