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Types of AVOs

Before applying for or defending an AVO, you need to know what type of AVO applies in your circumstances. If you are unsure what type of AVO you need or have been given, you should get legal advice.

    Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVO)

    A person can ask the court to make an ADVO when they are in, or were in, a domestic relationship with the person they want to be protected from. A 'domestic relationship' means that they:

    • were or are married, in a de facto relationship, or in an intimate personal relationship
    • are living together or have lived together
    • have or had a relat​ionship where one person cares for the other person (paid or unpaid)
    • are relatives
    • in the case of an Aboriginal person or a Torres Strait Islander, have been part of each other's extended family or kin (according to the Indigenous kinship system of the person's culture).

    From 3 December 2016, domestic relationship also covers the relationship between someone's current partner and their former partner. 

    Apprehended Personal Violence Orders (APVO)

    A person can ask the court to make an APVO when they are not in, or have not been in, a domestic relationship with the person they want to be protected from. For example, a person may need protection from:

    • a neighbour
    • a co-worker
    • a customer or a client
    • a former friend
    • a school bully
    • any other person they have reason to fear.

    It is an offence to make a false or misleading statement to a registrar or magistrate in relation to making an application for an APVO. ​

    For more information on applying for an AVO, see Getting an Apprehended Violence Order.

    For more information on responding to an application for an AVO, see Defending an Apprehended Violence Order.​