Domestic Violence & AVO
Simply speaking, domestic violence offences result in criminal charges while Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) are a legally protective order granted to a victim by the Court against the person who is charged with a domestic violence offence. This order prohibits certain behavioural characteristics of the offender such as stalking, harassment, intimidation with an intent to harm or abuse that may cause the complainant to be fearful.
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According to the Family Law Act, 1975 stated in the Federal Register of Legislation Australia, a domestic violence offence is committed when a person threatens, acts violent, or indulges in any behaviour of similar nature against a member of the person’s family and thereby causes the family member to be fearful.
Apprehended Domestic Violence Order
Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) is a type of Apprehended Violence Order (AVO), which is issued by the Court in order to protect the complainant from future harassment, abuse (verbal, physical, emotional), stalking, intimidation with an intent to harm, and any such behaviour of the offender.