​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 |

The decision

After the hearing has finished and all of the evidence has been presented to the court, there are two possible outcomes:

    ​The AVO is not ma​de

    The magistrate will not make a Final AVO if he or she does not believe, on the balance of probabilities (meaning something is more likely than not to be true), that the protected person fears, and that it is reasonable for them to fear, that you will:

    • physically hurt them
    • do things to distress, annoy or upset them
    • intimidate or stalk them.

    In domestic violence cases the court can make a final AVO even if the protected person doesn’t actually fear the defendant, provided there are reasonable grounds for that fear​.

    If the magistrate does not make a Final AVO, any Provisional or Interim AVO that has been made will also end.

    What happens now?

    If the magistrate decides not to make the AVO, the applicant or the protected person may:

    • appeal the decision in the District Court within 28 days
    • reapply for an AVO at any time

    Costs

    If the applicant was the protected person and you win, the magistrate may make a costs order against the applicant. It is unlikely that the magistrate will make a costs order against the police if they are the applicant, or if the application is for an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO).

    For more information, see Costs in Apprehended Violence Order cases.

    The AVO is made

    The magistrate will make a Final AVO if they decide, on the balance of probabilities, that the protected person fears, and that it is reasonable for them to fear, that you will:

    • physically hurt them
    • do things to distress, annoy or upset them
    • intimidate or stalk them.

    The magistrate may want to still hear from you and the applicant about what orders, other than the mandatory orders (standard orders), should be made. You should tell the court if you think any orders are being asked for just to inconvenience you.

    For more information, see Mandatory and additional orders.

    How can I get my property back from the protected person?

    If an AVO is made and you need to collect your belongings from your residence you can ask the court to make a Property Recovery Order. This order will allow you to go there and get your belongings without contravening the AVO. The court may order that the police or another person must go with you.

    What can I do now?

    If the magistrate makes the AVO, you should make sure that you have and keep a copy of the order. If you do anything that is not allowed under the AVO, you can be arrested and charged.

    If you are not happy with the magistrate's decision, you can file an appeal in the District Court within 28 days. Before you appeal, you should get legal advice.

    For more information, see After court.