What is an ADVO?
Published 23 May 2017
Domestic violence is frighteningly prevalent in Australia; on average, one in three women in the country has experienced physical violence since the age of 15, according to a 2015 Horizons Research Report. For this reason, it is important that women in NSW know the proper steps they need to take to protect themselves from a potentially dangerous domestic situation.
If you have been a victim of violence and would like to talk to a Parramatta family lawyer about pressing charges, a member of our team would be happy to talk to you - please reach out today.
What exactly does ADVO mean?
ADVO stands for Apprehended Domestic Violence Order - also known as a restraining order, an ADVO protects you from a person who wants to do you harm. This type of order is specifically for victims who were in a domestic or intimate relationship with their attacker. If you are worried about someone else hurting you, like a neighbour or stalker, you should file an APVO, or Apprehended Personal Violence Order instead.
Among other things, filing for an ADVO automatically prevents the defendant from assaulting, harassing, stalking or intimidating you - it is also possible to attach additional conditions to this, such as preventing the defendant from approaching or talking to you. The length this kind of order will last depends on your individual situation and will be decided by the court, but it can be extended if necessary.
How do I apply for an ADVO?
There are two ways you can apply for an ADVO. The first is a private application, which you can file through your local family court or your Parramatta lawyer. If you don't wish to do this, the police can also make an application for you - this option is also helpful in time-sensitive situations, as the police can provide you with a provisional ADVO while the full one is being processed.
It is important to clarify that an ADVO is not a criminal charge. What is illegal, however, is breaching the conditions of the ADVO. If the defendant does this, it is important for you to report the action to the police as quickly as possible and find proper representation. If you are pressing charges on someone against whom you have an ADVO, get in touch with one of our experienced family lawyers at Malouf Solicitors today.
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