AVOs and Breaches of AVOs


AVOs and Breaches of AVOs


If someone is threatening, stalking or harassing you, we can help you apply for an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO).

An AVO is a court order that prohibits certain behaviour of the defendant.  It is a criminal offence for the defendant to knowingly breach an AVO.

There are two types of AVO:

An Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) taken out against a family member, spouse or ex-spouse.

An Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO) taken out against someone other than a family member, spouse or ex-spouse.

AVOs are designed to protect the person taking out the AVO from future harassment, intimidation, stalking or violence and as such the court may grant an AVO if it feels there are reasonable grounds to fear that a defendant will be violent or harass/stalk/intimidate the person lodging the complaint.

A defendant has the right to object to an AVO.  We at Just Defence are experienced in helping clients successfully object to an AVO. To ensure you are treated fairly, contact one of our criminal defence lawyers.

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