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Final Apprehended Violence Orders​​

    ​When a Fin​​al AVO c​​an be made

    A magistrate can make a Final Apprehended Violence Order (AVO), if:

    • the defendant does not come to ​court
    • the defendant agrees (consents)​ to a F​inal AVO
    • you are successful at a hearing ​

    Defendant does not come to court

    If the defendant doesn't come to court on the date of the mention or hearing but was served with the application and knows about the case, the magistrate can make a Final AVO without the defendant being there. This is called making orders 'in the defendant's absence' or making an order 'ex-parte'.

    If a Final AVO is made in the defendant's absence, the defendant may apply to cancel (annul) this decision. If the AVO is annulled, the AVO will no longer apply and you will have to go to court again for another mention and possibly a hearing if you still want an AVO.

    For more information about annulment, see After court.

    Defendant agrees (consents) to a Final AVO

    The defendant can consent to a Final AVO being made. Sometimes the defendant will do this without admitting that he or she has done anything wrong and without agreeing to the grounds for your application. This is called 'consenting without admissions'.​

    Hint iconA defendant may ask whether you will accept 'undertakings' instead of the court making a Final AVO. Undertakings are a promise from the defendant to the court that they will not do certain things, for example physically hurt you, intimidate or stalk you. Undertakings are not enforceable by the police and there is no penalty for breaching them.

    You are successful at a hearing

    If the defendant does not agree with the AVO, the case will be listed for a hearing. You will need to prove on the 'balance of probabilities' (meaning that something is more likely than not to be true) that you fear the defendant and there are reasonable grounds to fear that:

    • the defendant will try to physically hurt you
    • the defendant will try to do things to harass you
    • the defendant will try to intimidate you, or
    • the defendant will stalk you.

    If you are successful at a hearing the magistrate can make a Final AVO.

    For more information, see Presenting your case at the hearing - Step by step guide.

    What to do after a Final AVO is made

    If a Final AVO is made, you should:

    • consider the duration of the Final AVO
    • keep a copy of the AVO

    Consider the duration of the Final AVO

    A Final AVO lasts for a set period of time. At the time the AVO is made, the magistrate will tell you how long the AVO will last for. It will also be written on your Final AVO. In some cases the Final AVO will only last for six months but an AVO can be made for as long as five years, or even longer. The length of time the Final AVO lasts depends on:

    • the time you asked for in your application
    • the seriousness of the threat
    • your fears
    • past incidents.

    If the magistrate doesn't specify a period of time, the Final AVO will remain in force for 12 months after the order was made.

    Alert IconIf your Final AVO is about to expire and you still fear the defendant, you can make an application to the court for an extension of the Final AVO. You should contact police if you have fears for your safety.

    If things have changed between you and the defendant or you no longer fear the defendant you could:

    • apply to the court to cancel (revoke) the orders in the Final AVO
    • apply to the court to change (vary) the orders in the Final AVO
    • allow the AVO to expire (however, it is important to remember that defendant must comply with the Final AVO until is expires).

    For more information, see Extensions, revocations and variations.

    Keep a copy of t​​​he AVO

    You can get a copy of the Final AVO from the court registry or it may be posted to you. You should keep a copy of your Final AVO. If the defendant does something that they are not allowed to do under the AVO, you should call the police and show them a copy of the AVO.

    It may help to keep several copies of the AVO in different places, for example in your car and at work as well as at home so that ​you are able to access a copy of the AVO at all times.

    For more information, see What to do if an Apprehended Violence Order is breached. ​​