Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO's)

Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO's) are also known as restraining orders and arise in situations of disputing parties and one fears violence or harassment from the other.

The types of situations that result in an AVO are varied, with two types of AVO's available as a result. These can either be:

  • An Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO)
  • An Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) 

An APVO will be enforced in disputes and situations between neighbours and work colleagues, generally reserved for issues like noise/construction complaints, copyright infringement, patent infringement and wrongful transfer of real property, also called fraudulent conveyance. 

Whereas the ADVO refers to more serious situations where one party fears personal violence, molestation, harassing conduct, intimidation, or stalking. 

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