​ሕግንና ደንብን በተመለከተ እርዳታ ማግኘት ይፈልጋሉን? - Amharic | هل تحتاج لمساعدة قانونية؟ - Arabic | ܤܢܝܼܩܵܐ ܝ݇ܘ̤ܬ ܠܗܲܝܵܪܬܵܐ ܩܵܢܘܿܢܵܝܬܵܐ؟ - Assyrian | Need Legal Help? - Auslan | Treba li vam pravna pomoc? - Bosnian | Burmese â Need Legal Help? | 需要法律帮助吗? - Chinese Simplified | 需要法律幫助嗎? - Chinese Traditional | Trebate li pravnu pomoć? - Croatian | ضرورت به کمک قانونی دارید؟ - Dari | Wïc Kuɔɔny në Wɛ̈t Löŋ? - Dinka | آیا به کمک حقوقی نیاز دارید؟ - Farsi | Gadreva na Veivuke Vakalawa? - Fijian | Kailangan ninyo ba ng tulong na panglegal? - Filipino | Besoin d’aide juridique ? - French | Χρειάζεστε βοήθεια σε νομικά ζητήματα - Greek | क्या आपको कानूनी सलाह चाहिए? - Hindi | Butuhkan Bantuan dalam Masalah Hukum? - Indonesian | Hai bisogno di assistenza legale? - Italian | ត្រូវការជំនួយលើបញ្ហាផ្លូវច្បាប់ឬទេ? - Khmer | 법적인 도움이 필요하십니까? - Korean | Ви треба ли помош со правни работи? - Macedonian | कानूनी सहयोग चाहिएको छ? - Nepalese | Necessita de ajuda com questões jurídicas? - Portuguese | Вам нужна юридическая помощь? - Russian | E Manaomia Fesoasoani i Mea Tau Tulafono? - Samoan | а ли вам треба помоћ у правним питањима? - Serbian | Ma u baahan tahay Caawimmad xagga sharciga ah?- Somali | ¿Necesita ayuda con cuestiones jurídicas? - Spanish | சட்ட உதவி தேவையா? - Tamil | ท่านต้องการความช่วยเหลือทางด้านกฎหมายไหม? - Thai | Fiema’u ha tokoni Fakalao? - Tongan | Yasal Danışmaya İhtiyacınız mı var? - Turkish | Cần Được Giúp Đỡ Về Luật Pháp? - Vietnamese |

Apprehended Violen​ce​ Orders

An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is a court order that aims to protect a person from another person that causes them to fear for their safety.

An AVO can protect a person from:

  • violence or threats of violence
  • stalking
  • intimidation
  • harassment.

An AVO can also protect property that has been damaged or threatened with damage.

Hint iconAn AVO is sometimes called an Intervention Order, Restraining Order, Protection Order, Domestic Violence Order or Family Violence Order.

This topic has information about:

  • applying for an AVO
  • responding to an application for an AVO.​

Types of AVOs

​​There are two types of AVOs. It is helpful to understand the difference because there are differences with how they are dealt with in the court:

  • ​An AVO protecting a person from domestic violence is called an 'Apprehended Domestic Violence Order' or 'ADVO'. Domestic violence is violence done by someone who you were or are in a domestic relationship with like a family member, husband or wife or partner.
  • An AVO protecting a person from personal violence is called an 'Apprehended Personal Violence Order' or 'APVO'. Personal violence is violence done by someone like a neighbour, co-worker, or friend.​

For more information, see Types of AVOs.​​​

Getting an AVO

This section has information about applying for an AVO. 

If you are experiencing violence you can apply for an AVO. You can also apply for an AVO if:

  • you are in fear of being assaulted
  • you are being intimidated, harassed or molested (either in person or by telephone calls, text messages, emails, or in other ways, including through Facebook or other social media), and fear for your safety
  • you are being stalked by someone where you live, where you work, or at places that you go.

For more information, see Getting an Apprehended Violence Order.

Defendin​g an AVO

This section has information about how you can respond to an application for an AVO after you have been served.

If you are being accused of assaulting, intimidating or stalking another person, the police or the person saying you are doing this can apply for an ADVO or APVO against you.

For more information, see Defending an Apprehended Violence Order.

AVOs and Family Law

This section has information about Family Law and how this can affect the way an AVO works.

For more information, see Apprehended Violence Orders and Family Law.

AVO flowcharts

If you want a visual overview of how to get or defend an AVO, see Flowcharts.

Interactive guides

Follow the steps involved in getting or defending an AVO using our interactive tool.

For more information, see Interactive guides.

Who's who in court

This section shows you what the courtroom will look like, who the different people are and where you should sit when you go to court.

For more information, see Who's who in court.

Forms

This section lists a number of sample forms and orders. It explains what the different sections in those forms and AVOs mean.

For more information, see Forms - Apprehended Violence Orders.

Getting more help

​This section has information about services that can help people who are in domestic or personal violence situations.

For more information, see Getting more help.


The information in this topic was last reviewed: May 2016.​

Protected person at police station
 

Further information

Domestic Violence Line 
1​800 656 463 
TTY 1800 671 4​42 
24 hours 7 days

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