Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO)

Our Specialist Criminal Lawyers are ready to help you understand these special Domestic Violence orders and to defend you when pursued by police. Call us on 1800 100 529 and let us help you. We are ready to alleviate the pressure associated with your situation and will deliver expert guidance, assistance, tactics, groundwork and superior court representation concentrated on your AVO.

What is an AVO?

AVOs are court orders made against you in order to protect a person in need of protection, commonly referred to as a PINOP. This order seeks to shield the PINOP from violence, harassment, intimidation or stalking that the court fears you may commit.
Furthermore, AVOs can also be initiated by police when they have a reasonable concern about the safety of a PINOP. These AVOs can be made without the consent of a PINOP and are often issued in an instance of suspected assault against a PINOP. Additionally, private AVOs may be made by PINOPs if they feel like their safety and welfare may be compromised.

Call now to speak to a highly experienced and specialist lawyer for your case. Our team of Barristers and Solicitors are Accredited Specialist’s in Criminal Law have been defending clients and winning sexual assault matters for decades.

There are two types of AVOs

Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO)

These AVOs are issued where the PINOP has a existing domestic relationship with the accused. Instances which satisfy this test include;

1. Being married

2. Living in the same house (parent and child)

3. Where you are a relative of the PINOP

4. Where you are part of the same Indigenous kinship system

Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO)

These exist where there is no established domestic or family relationship between the parties; for example:

1. Where the PINOP is a neighbour

2. Where the PINOP is a colleague

3. Where the PINOP is a friend or acquaintance

How will an AVO affect me?

AVOs are not criminal convictions, and as such will not be recorded upon your criminal record. However, AVOs will have significant impact upon your personal and professional life due to the restrictions that can be imposed.

AVOs which are active will show up on background checks that employers may conduct. A clean background check is essential for people who want to work with children, work in security, or work for the Government.

An AVOs conditions can also be very prohibitive of your ability to see and reside with or near the PINOP. As a result, a significant strain will be placed upon you and your families’ lives, affecting your ability to maintain good relationships with your loved ones.

Due to the serious impact that an AVO can have upon your life it is strongly advised that you speak to one of our lawyers to handle your case. Our Powerhouse lawyers regularly appear in court in relation to AVOs and will be able to support you through the whole procedure. Our Powerhouse lawyers

Next Steps, Procedure and Defence

AVOs follow very similar procedural progression as other criminal law matters. The first occasion is known as a ‘mention’ where the magistrate will question your consent to the AVO or if you’d like to defend it.

If you consent to the AVO the magistrate will enquire as to what conditions the applicant wishes to have imposed upon you. Once an AVO is confirmed and finalised it takes effect immediately.

Contact us now to arrange a meeting for advice on the best options for you.

Want to achieve the best results now?

Meet with our Accredited Specialist in Criminal Law. Simply fill in the contact form or call us now on 1800 100 529.

During your first consultation, we will listen to what you want, explain your case in detail, advise you on your options and make recommendations on how to best defend the allegations. We will also provide you with an estimate for the professional work that is needed for your case or apply for a grant of Legal Aid.

All first conferences are obligation free.