Before applying for or defending an AVO, you need to know what type of AVO applies in your circumstances. If you are unsure what type of AVO you need or have been given, you should get legal advice.
A person can ask the court to make an ADVO when they are in, or were in, a domestic relationship with the person they want to be protected from. A 'domestic relationship' means that they:
From 3 December 2016, domestic relationship also covers the relationship between someone's current partner and their former partner.
A person can ask the court to make an APVO when they are not in, or have not been in, a domestic relationship with the person they want to be protected from. For example, a person may need protection from:
It is an offence to make a false or misleading statement to a registrar or magistrate in relation to making an application for an APVO.
For more information on applying for an AVO, see Getting an Apprehended Violence Order.
For more information on responding to an application for an AVO, see Defending an Apprehended Violence Order.