Karim + Nicol provide advice and representation in Apprehended Violence Orders, including Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVO) and Apprehended Personal Violence Orders (APVO). An AVO is an order that limits the contact you can have with a ‘person in need of protection’ (PINOP) and any other person that the PINOP has a domestic relationship with. 

When a person is charged with a domestic violence related offence, they will also be served with an AVO. However, a person will sometimes be served with an AVO without any criminal charges attached. 

Whilst an AVO alone does not result in a criminal record, it can have a lasting impact on your life. It is a criminal offence if any of the conditions are breached. Breaching an AVO carries a maximum penalty of 2 years imprisonment, and a $5,500 fine.

The mandatory orders that are included in all AVOs are:

  • assault or threaten the PINOP or any other person having a domestic relationship with the PINOP
  • ​intentionally stalk, harass or intimidate the PINOP or any other person having a domestic relationship with the PINOP
  • recklessly destroy or damage any property that belongs to or is in the possession of the PINOP or any other person having a domestic relationship with the PINOP

There are a number of additional orders that a PINOP or the police can apply for, and can include a complete ban on all forms of contact. Our team will ensure that only appropriate orders are imposed, or can fight for you in defending an AVO.