All AVOs made by the court prohibit the person who is causing these fears from assaulting, harassing, threatening, stalking or intimidating you. The person you fear, the Defendant, must obey the Order made by the court. Many women live with the persistent problem of domestic violence as many family violence agencies are struggling to provide services for the growing need in the community. Domestic violence is not just a personal matter; it is matter for the whole community to be concerned about. The only way to go about tackling this persistent issue is to address the root causes and guarantee effective responses to women and children who experience violence. In line with the Federal Governments recent measures, the newly elected Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Turnbull spoke for the first time for the country to focus on the increasingly alarming issue of domestic. The changes proposed by the Federal Government are anticipated to take effect as soon as possible. This year alone, 63 women have been killed a partner or former partner or a member of their family, and 1 in 6 women have experienced violence from a current or former partner, a statistic which should definitely be raising alarm bells for the government and society collectively, but it is also important to remember that men can be victims of domestic violence, too.
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What is an Apprehended Violence Order (AVO)?
As Australia and the world are working tirelessly towards stopping the spread of the Coronavirus by imposing several restrictions on the movements of citizens, those restrictions together with social isolation and economic pressure create a petri dish for an increase in domestic and family violence. It has been reported that Google searches on domestic violence have surged by up to 75 percent since the first recorded Coronavirus case. In these difficult times it is important to raise awareness about domestic violence and the support available for victims. If you are feeling unsafe at home, there is help available for you — from police, counsellors and lawyers. Domestic and family violence is an abusive behaviour in which one person seeks to control and coerce another person in a family or domestic relationship. An ADVO can be adapted to your particular circumstances to provide you with the best possible protection from violence and also extends to other persons with whom you have a domestic relationship, such as your children or a new partner. If a defendant disobeys the orders in an ADVO it can lead to criminal charges. If you need immediate protection the police can apply for a provisional or interim ADVO for your protection which will last until it is revoked or until an interim or final order is made. If you are experiencing domestic violence or family violence it is crucial that you have a safety plan in place. It is helpful to seek help from a professional such as a counsellor in preparing your safety plan.
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Any person who is or has been the victim of physical assault, threats of physical harm, stalking, intimidation or harassment and has a reasonable fear to believe that this behaviour will continue. A person can speak to the Court Register at their local court. If the behaviour amounts to a criminal offence, you should report the matter to police, whether or not you have a relationship with the perpetrator. Police will assess your situation, obtain a statement if required and if they belief and suspect that an ADVO is necessary to ensure your safety and protection, they have an obligation to make the application on your behalf. If there is a current enforceable Apprehended Violence Order AVO in place and you believe the defendant breaches one of the conditions. Report this breach to your local Police for investigation and possible charges if there is sufficient evidence. The DVLO is a specialist police officer, trained in the dynamics of domestic and family violence, child protection procedures, victim support and court AVO processes required for the protection of victims of family violence. Skip to content Skip to navigation. When can someone apply for an AVO?
It is an order to protect victims of domestic violence when they are fearful of future violence or threats to their safety. They are sometimes called restraining orders or protection orders. There are two types of AVOs:. An AVO is not a criminal charge. It is an order for your future protection. If you have children, the order will also protect them. There are two ways you can apply for an AVO.