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After court - Protected person

If the Court makes a Final Apprehended Violence Order (AVO), there are a number of things you should consider.

    Consequences of an Apprehended Violence Order

    If the Court makes an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO), there may be consequences for you and the defendant that you should be aware of, including for:

    • your rental property
    • your visa
    • your job
    • the defendant's criminal history
    • the defendant's firearms licence, security licence and ability to working with children. 

    What to do if an Apprehended Violence Order is breached

    The defendant will breach the Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) if they knowingly do something that the AVO says they can't do. 

    It is a criminal offence to breach an AVO. 

    If the defendant breaches the AVO, you should call the police and show them a copy of the orders.

    AlertFrom 25 November 2017 NSW Police can enforce Domestic Violence Orders made on or after this date in other Australian states and territories. Other states and territories can also enforce an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) made in NSW from this date.

    You should keep a copy of the Final AVO. 

    For more information, see What to do if an Apprehended Violence Order is breached.

    Varying (changing) or revoking (cancelling) an Apprehended Violence Order

    After a Final Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is made, it can be:

    • varied (changed), or
    • revoked (cancelled). 
    An AVO can be changed to: 
    • extend the duration of the AVO
    • reduce the duration of the AVO
    • add orders
    • delete orders
    • amend orders.

    AlertFrom 25 November 2017 other states and territories can vary or revoke an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) made in NSW, and make a new Domestic Violence Order for the same parties. A Local Court in NSW can also vary or revoke orders made in other states and territories.

    For more information, see Varying (changing) or revoking (cancelling) an Apprehended Violence Order.

    Interstate orders

    If you have a Final Apprehended Violence Order (AVO), which was made in another state, territory, or New Zealand, you can register it in NSW so that it has the same force and effect as an AVO made in NSW. 

    If you have a Final AVO which was made in NSW, you may be able to register it in another state, territory, or New Zealand so that it has the same force and effect as an AVO made in that state, territory or New Zealand.

    AlertFrom 25 November 2017 all Domestic Violence Orders (DVOs) are now automatically recognised and enforceable. This means that NSW Police can enforce DVOs made on or after this date in other Australian states and territories. Other states and territories can also enforce an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) made in NSW from this date. 

    Apprehended Personal Violence Orders (APVOs) are not nationally recognised and enforceable. You must register an APVO interstate to have it recognised. 

    For more information, see Interstate orders.

    Annulment application

    If your application for an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is dismissed and you didn't go to court, you can apply to have the decision annulled (cancelled) within two years of the date of this order. Your application for annulment will be heard by the same court that dismissed your application. 

    If the decision is anulled this means you will be back in the position as you were when the application for an AVO was served. 

    If a Final AVO was made when the defendant was not in court, the defendant can apply to have the AVO.

    If the defendant applies to annul the AVO, you will be notified by the Court. 

    For more information, see Application for annulment

    A​​​​ppeals

    If your application for an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is dismissed you may be able to appeal the decision to the District Court within 28 days.

    You may also file an appeal if a costs order is made against you. 

    You will need to complete a Notice of Appeal to the District Court form and pay the fee. The current fee is $121.00 (as at 1 July 2020).

    You can get a copy of this form from:

    • your Local Court
    • the Forms page on the Local Court website.

    If a Final AVO is made, you may want to file an appeal if:

    • the AVO is varied or revoked
    • the Court dismissed your application to vary the AVO. 

    Before appealing a decision, you should get legal advice.

    If a Final AVO is made the defendant may appeal to the District Court within 28 days. You should be notified of any appeal.

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