Family Violence Orders, an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) is generally made to protect someone from family violence. An ADVO usually prohibits one family member from coming within a certain distance to the other parent, or stalking or harassing the other family member.
Under the provisions of the Act, upon the issuing of an ADVO, a person subject to such an order can usually only come into contact with the other person only under the following circumstances:
It should be highlighted that child protection orders differ from an ADVO in that such orders are issued by the Children’s Court, if there is a belief that the child is in need of protection. However, children can be included in such orders.
If the person consents to an order to be made, a magistrate can issue an ADVO.
Additionally, a person can agree to the ADVO, however, they may not need to admit any wrongdoing.