If you are experiencing Domestic or Family Violence you can apply for Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders for Protection

An ADVO protects a person from violence committed by someone they are or were in a  domestic relationship with.  It protects you from violence, harrassment, stalking or intimidation.

ADVOs do not give the abuser a criminal record, but if the ADVO is broken the abuser can be charged with a criminal offence.  If you are assaulted, stalked, property damaged or pets harmed you need to report this to the police.  

Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) are in plain English.

For information about ADVOs call Women’s Legal Services on 1800 810 784 or Macarthur Women’s DV Advocacy Service  46407333

or follow the links to NSW Police and Law Access

Apprehended Violence Orders (AVO) – NSW Police Public Site

Types of AVOs (

Sample AVO :


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