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Apprehended Violence Orders against children

Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs) against children are dealt with differently than AVOs against adults. If you are under 18 and have been served with (given) an application for an AVO, you should consider the following:

    ​Respond​​ing to an AVO

    If you are under 18, your case will be heard in the Children's Court. You will be called the 'defendant'.

    Alert IconIf you are under 18 and have been served with an AVO you are entitled to free legal representation. Unless you already have your own lawyer, you should see the Legal Aid Duty Solicitor when you go to court. If you want to speak to a solicitor before court, contact the Legal Aid Youth Hotline on 1800 10 18 10.

    Going to court for an AVO

    An AVO case in the Children's Court may be run differently to an AVO case involving adult defendants.

    When you arrive at court, you should see the Legal Aid Duty Solicitor, unless you have a private lawyer. If you see the Duty Solicitor, you may be asked to wait, as the Duty Solicitor will have several other defendants to talk to. The Duty Solicitor may interview you before you go into court to gather more information about your case. The Duty Solicitor represents defendants that don't have their own private lawyers.

    Depending on whether you consent (agree) to the AVO, the court may:

    • make an Interim AVO (temporary AVO) and adjourn (postpone) the case to a later date
    • make a Final AVO
    • set a date for a hearing.

    Withdrawing an AVO

    Only the person who made the application can ask the court for permission to withdraw it.

    If the protected person is under 16, only the police could have applied for the AVO. If the police applied for an AVO, only the police can ask to withdraw it.

    Varying or revoking an AVO

    An application can be made to vary or revoke an Interim or Final AVO. You, the police and the protected person, can apply to vary or revoke the AVO. ​

    Further in​formation

    Legal ​​​Aid Yout​h Hotline

    1800 101 810