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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Order ("DVO") and Apprehended Domestic Violence Order ("ADVO") 

A Domestic Violence Order ("DVO") is an Order made by the Court that prohibits the defendant from certain behaviour such as harassment, stalking, intimidation, violence or the threat of violence.  The purpose of a DVO is to provide protection from this behaviour in the future.  It usually states that a person cannot behave as such or go within a certain distance of the home or workplace of the person lodging the complaint.


The Court can make a DVO if a defendant consents to an DVO being made or if evidence is heard proving that a person in need of protection fears violence or harassment by the defendant.  The Magistrate also has to be satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for these fears in order to make a DVO.


There are two types of Domestic Violence Orders:-

  • Apprehended Domestic Violence Order ("ADVO") - taken against a family member including spouses, ex-spouses and intimate partners (including de facto relationships); and

  • Apprehended Personal Violence Order ("APVO") - for protection from someone other than family members.


What happens if someone tries to make an DVO against you?

You can object to an Domestic Violence Order being made against you and have the matter adjourned for trial at a later date.  Under these circumstances, a Temporary DVO may be issued until the trial date.


If you need to apply for a Domestic Violence Order or if somebody has made an Application for a DVO against you, it is recommended to seek advice. 


Contact us  at Twohill Lawyers and seek legal advice from one of our experienced lawyers immediately.