Apprehended Violence Order

An AVO is an Apprehended Violence Order. It is an order to protect victims of domestic violence when they are fearful of future violence or threats to their safety. There are two types of AVOs

  • Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO): This is made where the people involved are related or have had a domestic or intimate relationship.
  • Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO): This is made where the people involved are not related or do not have a domestic or intimate relationship.

An application for an AVOs is generally made by the police where they are worried for the safety of the PINOP. An AVO made against you does not translate into a criminal record but it can still affect your employment. An AVO may have significant ramifications on the person restrained by the AVO such as the possibility of a 10-year prohibition on possessing a firearm licence and if you hold a Security License in any state or territory, the licensing authority may suspend your license as a result of an AVO against you. Therefore, it is very important to seek legal advice before you decide to consent or contest an AVO.

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