What is the difference between an AVO and an ADVO?

An AVO, or an Apprehended Violence Order, is a court order that protects a person from another person they fear. The Order protects you from someone that has harassed, intimidated, stalked, hurt or threatened to hurt you.

 

The person you fear, the Defendant, must obey the Court order. An AVO on its own does not constitute a criminal charge or conviction. However, contravening the Order is a criminal offence. An AVO can be taken out privately by the person in need of protection (PINOP) or by the police on behalf of an alleged victim.

 

The person you fear must obey the Court order. Contravening the Order is a criminal offence. An AVO can be taken out privately by the person in need of protection (PINOP) or by the police on behalf of an alleged victim.

What is an ADVO?

An ADVO, or an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order, is a type of AVO that protects a person from someone who they are, or were, in a domestic relationship with.

 

A domestic relationship means that the two parties were or are married, in a de facto relationship or an intimate personal relationship. ‘Domestic relationship’ also covers parties that are living together or have lived together, have or had a relationship where one party cares for the other party (both paid and unpaid care), or are relatives.

 

Additionally, if the parties are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, ‘domestic relationship’ encompasses a situation when the two people are part of each other’s extended family or kin, in accordance with Indigenous kinship culture.

 

From 3 December 2016, ‘domestic relationship’ has extended to cover the relationship between someone’s current partner and their former partner the ADVO is against.

 

Difference between AVO and ADVO

What is the difference between an AVO and an ADVO?

An ADVO is a specific type of AVO. It stands for an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order. In domestic violence situations requiring an ADVO, police have the authority to take out an AVO even in circumstances where the alleged victim does not believe it is necessary and does not wish to proceed with the Order.