Apprehended Violence Order – AVO Lawyers Sydney

What is an Apprehended Violence Order AVO?

An  Apprehended violence order (AVO) is court order designed to protect a person who reasonably fears personal violence, and harassment from a specified person. AVO’s prohibit intimidation of the protected person by restricting the defendant from approaching a protected person in any place the protected person often attends, their home and/or their work. The protected person or the person in need of protection is often known as the PINOP. This is the person for whose protection an AVO is made. The defendant is the person against whom an AVO is made or sought to be made. The complainant, often either the PINOP or a police officer is the person who seeks or has sought an AVO.

It is to be noted that while most AVOs are taken against a domestic partner, they can also be taken on a personal basis to protect oneself from an individual whom they are not in a domestic relationship with. This type of an AVO is known as Apprehended Personal Violence Orders or APVOs.

Domestic violence includes personal violence committed against a relative, spouse or de facto of the defendant. It also includes a person who has or has had an intimate relationship with the defendant, ora person living in the same household as the defendant but not merely as a tenant. It is a personal violence offence when the defendant breaches the AVO or engages in prohibited behaviour.

Apprehended Violence Orders or AVO’s as they are more commonly known, are orders made under State or Territory laws that provide a quick and flexible method of obtaining legal protection from many forms of violence. Such violence includes physical abuse (through the use of physical force, known as ‘battery’), sexual abuse, and psychological abuse. Often, AVO requests are filed in conjunction with allegations of assault.

George Sten & Co are one of Sydney’s leading Criminal Lawyers. Our experienced criminal lawyers practice exclusively in crime. If you are in need of an Apprehended Violence Order, or your have been served with an AVO and need to defend it, you will need an experienced criminal law firm to defend  you.

Apprehended Violence Orders, “AVOs”, offer protection against acts of violence.  At George Sten & Co, our AVO lawyers protect their clients by giving expert legal knowledge.

Operating for over 50 years in Sydney’s CBD, George Sten & Co are approachable and accessible lawyers. Matters concerning AVOs are urgent in nature.

We encourage our clients to contact us on 9261 8640, and we are available 24 hours a day on 0412 423 569.

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It is strongly recommended to seek legal expertise in deciding whether to issue an AVO or consent to an AVO made against you, and especially once court proceedings start. George Sten & Co have decades of legal proficiency and extensive courtroom experience. Be assured your legal rights are protected with us in your hearing. Call 9261 8640.

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