​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 |

Getting an Apprehended Violence Order

An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is a court order that protects you from a person you fear. The other person may have hurt you, threatened to hurt you or harassed, intimidated or stalked you.

If you think you need an AVO, there a number of things you should consider.

    Applying ​​for an AVO

    An application for an AVO can be made by:

    • a police officer on your behalf (called a 'police application')
    • you personally through the Local Court (called a 'private application').

    Alert iconA guardian appointed under a guardianship order can also make a private application.

    Alert IconIf you are under 16 years of age, the police must apply for the AVO on your behalf. You cannot make the application yourself through the Local Court. If you are included in an order that also protects an adult (for example, your​ parent), you and the adult can choose to make a private application for an AVO together. For more information, see Apprehended Violence Orders to protect children.

    Once the application is filed, a date will be set for when the parties will need to go to court.

    For more information, see Applying for an Apprehended Violence Order.

    Going to court

    The first court date is called a 'mention'. You will usually appear before a magistrate or registrar.

    The magistrate or registrar will want to know:

    • if you (or the police if it is a police application) still want the AVO
    • how the defendant wants to respond to the application

    Depending on what you and the defendant want to do, your application may be dealt with on the day or it may be adjourned (postponed) to another day.

    For more information, see Going to court.

    After court

    If a Final AVO is not made you may be able to appeal the decision to the District Court within 28 days.

    If a Final AVO is made, you will be protected by that AVO.

    The defendant is not given a criminal record. However, if the defendant breaches the AVO, it is a criminal offence.

    The defendant might apply for the AVO to be varied or revoked.

    You may also apply to have the AVO varied, revoked or extended. Only police can apply to vary, revoke or extend an order if children are named on the order.

    For more information, see After court.

    Victims Support Scheme

    If you have been the victim of violence, you may be able to seek help under the Victims Support Scheme.

    For more information, see Victims Support Scheme.

    Immigra​​​tion and AVOs

    If you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, you may need to change your visa if you are no longer living with the defendant.

    For more information, see Immigration and Apprehended Violence Orders.

    Case study

    Case study - Elizabeth and GaryCase study icon

    Elizabeth and Gary have been married for four years. They have an 18-month-old daughter. Gary has been out of work for four months. Elizabeth has been working longer hours to try and pay the bills but things have been really tense. Gary has always had a bad temper but lately things have become worse. He puts Elizabeth down, calling her "useless" and "lazy". Two weeks ago, he pushed Elizabeth over causing her to break her arm. Elizabeth told her doctor about what has been happening and her doctor encouraged her to go to the police. Elizabeth feels helpless and doesn't know what to do. ​​

    Protected person at police station
     

    Further​ inf​orm​​ation

    Domestic​​​ ​​​Vi​olence Line 
    1800 656 463 
    TTY 1800 671 442 
    24 hours 7 days​​

    Wom​en's ​​Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service

    Dom​estic Violence Legal Service