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Apprehended Violence Orders

Information about what you need to do to apply for, or respond to an application for, an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO).

An AVO is a court order that protects a person from another person who causes them to fear for their safety.

An AVO can protect a person from:

  • violence, or threats of violence
  • stalking
  • intimidation
  • harassment
  • property damage, or threatened property damage
  • harm to their animals.

An AVO is also called an Intervention Order, Restraining Order, Protection Order, Domestic Violence Order or Family Violence Order.

  • Your safety is important

    Your safety is important

    If you feel unsafe, or are concerned for the safety of someone else, call the police, a domestic violence counsellor or get legal advice.

AVO applications

Types of AVO

Types of AVO

Find out more about the different types of AVOs and the orders in an AVO.
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Getting an AVO

Getting an AVO

Find out how to apply for an AVO if you are experiencing, or have been threatened with, physical violence, intimidation, harassment, stalking, or property damage.
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Defending an AVO

Defending an AVO

Find out how you can respond to an application for an AVO if you have been named as the defendant.
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Charges and AVOs

Charges and AVOs

Find out what happens if you are charged with an offence and served with an application for an AVO.
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AVOs and children

AVOs to protect children

AVOs to protect children

Find out about the different rules and processes that apply to an application for an AVO to protect a child.
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AVOs against children

AVOs against children

Find out about the different rules and processes that apply to an application for an AVO against a child.
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Consequences of an AVO

Consequences for the protected person

Consequences for the protected person

Find out how an AVO might affect the protected person.
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Consequences for the defendant

Consequences for the defendant

Find out how of an AVO might affect the defendant.
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AVOs and family law

AVOs and family law

Find out how an AVO might affect your parenting arrangements.
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Breaching an AVO

Reporting a breach

Reporting a breach

Find out how to report the defendant if they breach their AVO.
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If you have breached your AVO

If you have breached your AVO

Find out what may happen if you breach your AVO.
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