Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO)

The police will apply for an AVO if they think you need protection. It is an order to protect victims of domestic violence when they are fearful of future violence or threats to their safety. An AVO puts restrictions on the other person’s behaviour so that you will feel safe. This usually happens when the police have been called to a domestic.

The police are there to help you and your children. Depending on what’s happened the person who has been violent may be charged and taken to the police station. Police can apply for an AVO after hours. This is called a provisional AVO. You will be asked to come to court. It’s very important you attend court.

At court if your application for an AVO is approved at first it may be interim AVO (which may occur when there’s related charges that are to be investigated or the defendant does not agree with the AVO).

It lasts until the next court date or a final AVO. An AVO is usually made for a 12 month period. An AVO is not a criminal charge, it’s about protecting women and children from future violence and abuse. If the defendant breaches 1 of the conditions of an AVO it is a criminal offence. There are many different conditions which can be included in an AVO. If women have children it’s about protecting them as well. It’s possible (depending on what has happened) a woman can have an AVO and still live with her partner.