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Before applying for or defending an Apprehended Violence Order (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.
This section has information about the two types of AVOs in NSW:
An Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) protects a person from violence committed by someone that they are, or were, in a domestic relationship with.
A domestic relationship includes a relationship between people who:
From 3 December 2016, domestic relationship also covers the relationship between someone's current partner and their former partner.
An Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO) protects a person from violence committed by someone that they are not, and have not, been in a domestic relationship with. This can include:
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.