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Frequently Asked Questions ​

1. What i​s an A​​VO?

An AVO is an Apprehended Violence Order. This is a court order that aims to protect a person (the 'protected person') from another person (the 'defendant') who causes them to fear for their safety.

For more information, see Apprehended Violence Orders.

If you think you need an AVO to protect you, see Getting an Apprehended Violence Order.

If someone has applied for an AVO against you, see Defending an Apprehended Violence Order.

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2. How can an ​AVO protect me?

All AVOs have some standard orders (sometimes called 'mandatory orders') that say that the defendant must not assault, molest, harass, intimidate or stalk the protected person or destroy their property.

From 3 December 2016, these orders are listed​ under the heading 'Orders about behaviour.' 

AVOs can also have additional orders. The additional orders may prohibit the defendant from contacting the protected person, going within a certain distance of the protected person's home or work, and destroying or damaging the protected person's property.

From 3 December 2016, these additional orders will be listed under headings like 'Orders about contact', 'Orders about family law and parenting', 'Orders about where you cannot go' and 'Orders about weapons.' 

If a defendant does anything that an AVO says they can't do, they are in breach of the AVO. Breaching an AVO is a criminal offence and if a defendant is found guilty of breaching an AVO they can be fined or sent to prison.

For more information, see Getting an Apprehended Violence Order.


3. Someone​ has applied for an AVO against me. What can I do?

If you have received an application for an AVO you will need to go to court. The date you have to go court should be written on the application. The first court date is called a 'mention'.

At the mention, there are a number of ways you can respond to the application. You can:

  • ask for more time to get legal advice, and the case may be adjourned
  • consent (agree) to the AVO without admitting the allegations and a final AVO will be made
  • offer to give an undertaking (formal promise) to the court to stop the behaviour causing the protected person to feel fear and the applicant may withdraw their application
  • not consent (agree) to the AVO and the case may be listed for hearing and orders may be made for statements to be filed.

For more information, see Defending an Apprehended Violence Order.


4. When will t​he court make an AVO?

The court will only make an AVO if it is convinced that the protected person needs an AVO because they fear the defendant, and it is reasonable for them to fear the defendant.

In some cases the issues the court has to consider are different, for example when the protected person is a child or when there is evidence of domestic violence. 

The court needs to be convinced on the balance of probabilities, which means that something is more likely to be true than not.

For more information, see Applying for an Apprehended Violence Order and Responding to an application for an Apprehended Violence Order.


5. Do I have t​o go to court for an AVO case?

This depends on what happens after an application for an AVO is made. There will usually be at least one court appearance. The first court date is called a 'mention'.

At the mention, the court will ask whether the defendant consents (agrees) to the AVO or whether the defendant does not consent (not agree) to the AVO. If the defendant consents a Final AVO will be made and that will be the end of the case. If the defendant does not consent to the AVO the magistrate may make orders for statements to be filed and the case will be listed for a further mention, before it is listed for a hearing.

Both the applicant (either the police or the protected person) and the defendant need to go to the hearing. This is where the court will decide whether the AVO should be made.

If you are applying for an AVO, see Going to court - Protected person.

If someone has applied for an AVO against you, see Going to court - Defendant.


6. What can happen after an AVO is made?

If the court makes an AVO, the defendant can't do the things that the AVO says they can't do. If the defendant does any of those things, they may be in breach of the AVO. Breaching an AVO is a criminal offence and if a defendant is found guilty of breaching an AVO they can be fined or sent to prison.

After an AVO is made, the applicant (the protected person or police) or the defendant can apply to vary the conditions of an AVO. An application to vary an AVO can be to change (extend or reduce) the length of time it is in force, or change the orders made. Parties can also apply to revoke (cancel) the AVO.

If the protected person is under 16, only the police can apply to vary the AVO.

For more information, see After court - Protected person and After court - Defendant.

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7. Who can apply for an AVO?

Anyone can apply for an AVO for protection. If they are under the age of 16, and there are no other adults listed as protected person as well, the police must apply for the AVO on their behalf.

If you think you need an AVO to protect you, see Getting an Apprehended Violence Order.

If someone has applied for an AVO against you, see Defending an Apprehended Violence Order.


For more Frequently Asked Questions, see:

Couple enquiring about an application for an Apprehended Person Violence Order