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Provisional, Interim and Final Apprehended Violence Orders

There are three different types of Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs), that can be made at different points in time.

    Alert iconA brea​ch of any kind of AVO is a criminal offence and should be reported to the police.

    Provisional AVOs

    A Provisional AVO is an urgent AVO application made by the police. It will contain mandatory orders and may also have additional orders which tell the defendant what they can and can't do.

    If the police believe that you need immediate protection they can apply to the court for a Provisional AVO or a senior police officer can issue a Provisional AVO in cases of domestic violence.

    If a Provisional AVO is made to protect you, the police will tell you the date the AVO application will be heard in court. The court date must be before the Provisional AVO expires, which is 28 days after the police gave it to the defendant. This means you will be protected by the Provisional AVO until the first court date.

    The defendant may apply to the court to have the Provisional AVO revoked or the conditions varied. If this happens, police will tell you.

    if the defendant is in court, the Provisional AVO will be replaced by an Interim or Final AVO, unless the AVO application is withdrawn or the court dismisses the application.

    If the defendant is not in court, the Provisional AVO will be in place until the Interim or Final AVO is served on (given to) the defendant. It is also possible the court will decide to dismiss the application although in most cases this is unlikely.

    Sample: For a sample Provisional ADVO, see Sample Provisional Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (96 kb) or text only version.

    Interim AVOs

    An Interim AVO is an order made by the court either:

    • extending a Provisional AVO or
    • where the court agrees that it is necessary or appropriate for someone to have temporary protection.

    For example, the defendant might attend court and ask for more time to get legal advice, ask the court to refer you both to mediation, or not agree with the application. The case may then be adjourned (postponed) or listed for a hearing and an Interim AVO may be made until the next time the case is in court.

    The magistrate may make the Interim AVO straight away or may want some evidence showing why an Interim AVO is necessary. The magistrate may accept a variety of different types of evidence including: an affidavit; written statement from a police officer; or your oral evidence.

    For more information, see Written statements and evidence.

    If an Interim AVO is made to protect you, you will be told a date when you must attend court so that the court can decide whether a Final AVO should be made.

    An Interim AVO stays in place until the court makes a Final AVO, the police withdraw the AVO application or the court dismisses the case.

    Sample: For a sample Interim ADVO, see Sample Interim Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (29 kb) or text only version.

    Sample: For a sample Interim APVO, see Sample Interim Apprehended Personal Violence Order (31 kb) or text only version.

    Final AVOs

    A Final AVO is a court order that protects a person from the defendant. It may be made either because:

    • the defendant has not turned up to court after having been served with a copy of the Application for an AVO
    • the defendant has consented to the AVO
    • a hearing has taken place and, based on the evidence, the court believes that an AV​O should be made.

    A Final AVO will be made for a specified period of time, for example, six months, 12 months or two years. Most Final AVOs are made for 12 months.

    For more information, see Final Apprehended Violence Orders​.

    Sample: For a sample Final ADVO, see Sample Final Apprehended Domestic Violence Order Adobe Acrobat PDF icon(29 kb) or text only version.

    Sample: For a sample Final APVO, see Sample Final Apprehended Personal Violence Order Adobe Acrobat PDF icon(30 kb) or text only version. ​