An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is a court order made to protect a person from violence, harassment, threats, stalking or intimidation.
There are two types of AVOs:
1. Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVO)
An ADVO may be made when the people involved are related, are or were in an intimate relationship, or are living together. Each of these relationships is considered to be a “Domestic Relationship”, within the definition in section 5 of the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007.
Please refer to Legal Aid NSW website’s policy section on ADVO to find out if legal aid is available.
2. Apprehended Personal Violence Orders (APVO)
An APVO may be made when the people involved are not related and were not and are not in a domestic relationship.
Please refer to Legal Aid NSW website’s policy section on APVO to find out if legal aid is available.
Where to get help with AVO matters
IDRS can provide legal advice and help to organise non-legal support at court for people with intellectual disability involved in AVO proceedings.