AVO's - Apprehended Violence Orders
An Apprehended Domestic Violence Order or Apprehended Personal Violence Order (both usually abbreviated to AVO) is an Order made by a court against a person who makes you fear for your safety, to protect you from further violence, intimidation or harassment.
All Apprehended Violence Orders made by the court prohibit the person who is causing these fears from assaulting, harassing, threatening, stalking, or intimidating you. Other conditions can be included.
The person you fear, known as the defendant, must obey the Order made by the court or they are commiting a criminal offence. You can contact the police to help you apply for an Order, or CBD Criminal Defence Lawyers can assist clients in applying for an AVO if they have been the subject of intimidation, stalking or domestic violence.
We can also help our clients defend AVO's that have been issued against them, by either the police or privately. An AVO is usually brought by the police following any allegations of domestic violence offences.