​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 A​VO is not made

    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 you fear, and that it is reasonable to fear, that the defendant will:

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

    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. 

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

    If the magistrate does not make an AVO, any Provisional or Interim AVO made on your behalf will also end.

    What can I do now?

    If the magistrate does not make an AVO, do not argue with the magistrate. You can:

    • file an appeal in the District Court within 28 days. Before you appeal, you should get legal advice.
    • reapply for an AVO at any time yourself or through the police.

    Costs

    If you make a private application and you lose, the magistrate may make a costs order against you.

    Costs orders are only made against applicants in Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) matters if their application was vexatious or frivolous.

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

    The AVO is made

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

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

    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.

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

    The magistrate may want to still hear from you and the defendant about what orders, other than the mandatory orders (standard orders), should be made. You should only ask for orders that you think you need, and not orders that inconvenience the defendant just for the sake of it.

    For more information, see Mandatory and additional orders.

    If the AVO is made, but the magistrate does not give you all of the orders that you or the police asked for in the application, you may want to appeal the decision. You can file an appeal in the District Court within 28 days. Before you appeal, you should get legal advice.

    What happens now?

    If the magistrate makes the AVO, you should make sure that you have a copy of the order. If the defendant does anything that is not allowed under the orders, you should contact the police straight away and show them a copy of the orders. The police will then be able to take action against the defendant.

    For more information, see After court. ​