An Apprehended Violence Order “AVO” can be Domestic “ADVO” or Personal “APVO”. It is a legally binding court order that prohibits the defendant’s actions. This order can included anything from contacting another person to physical actions such as not to assault or harass.

The main difference between a Domestic and Personal Violence Order is essentially the relationships between the parties.

An ADVO from 25 November 2017 operations on a national level, an APVO will need to be registered with each state where the person in need of protection resides.

Stages of an AVO

Typically there are four major stages of an AVO application;

  1. Application

This is the initiation of the process where an application for an AVO is first completed. This can be done by the Police and/or a private application through the courts.

If the AVO remains an application only, that means that the AVO is not legally enforceable once served on the responding party.


  1. Provisional Order

If the matter is deemed serious enough the application may be immediately made into a Provisional AVO. This means that once the order is served upon you / respondent the order is legally valid and binding until changed and/or revoked or dismissed by the court.


  1. Interim Order

After the first court date a Provisional Order is automatically made into an Interim order whether the court says so or not. It is critical to remember this order remains in force until they are either revoked, dismissed, withdrawn or superseded by a final court order.


  1. Final Order

A final order is where an order has been made by the court and the AVO is enforce for a period, typically one to two years depending on the application.

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Applying for an AVO

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