Go to content

Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO)

Is legal aid available?

For applicants:

Legal aid may be available if you are applying for an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) against someone if you are a person in need of protection.

Which tests apply?

  • the Means Test,
  • the Availability of Funds test, and
  • you are a victim of domestic violence

For defendants:

Legal aid may be available to defend an ADVO made against you.

Which tests apply?

  • the Means Test,
  • the Availability of Funds test, and

either:

  • you are a victim of domestic violence, or
  • there are exceptional circumstances

Legal aid IS NOT available in ADVO matters if:

  • the application is made by a police officer; or
  • Legal Aid NSW is satisfied that the application for an order is frivolous or vexatious, or
  • there are no reasonable prospects of success.

Link to Policy Online

For more information see the following Legal Aid NSW publication: