Defending Against an AVO Application

If someone has filed an AVO application against you it is important to get expert legal advice. An AVO can have a serious impact on a person’s life. They place restrictions on a person’s freedom, such as preventing them from contacting the protected person or going to certain places.

In some cases an AVO can impact on a person’s employment. It can have significant effects such as preventing a person from returning back to their home. It is important to get expert advice if you have been served with an AVO application.

The experienced criminal lawyers at Auslex can help you if you have been served with an AVO Application. We have experience in defending and defeating AVO applications. If you think the AVO application is not warranted, we can help you defend the application.

We can discuss all your legal options in response to the AVO. We have experience with negotiating with the Police to amend and downgrade AVO conditions. There are even options to accept an AVO on a “without admissions basis.” This means that the court makes no negative findings against you, and that you maintain your complete innocence. Auslex can help explore all options to find the right one for you.

There are generally two different types of AVOs. An Apprehended Domestic Violence Order is put in place where the parties are in a domestic relationship, such as couples or family members. An Apprehended Personal Violence Order is used where the parties are not in a domestic relationship, for example where the parties are neighbours.

An Apprehended Violence Order, is a court Order that restricts the conduct that a person is able to engage in. For example, an AVO may prevent a person from contacting another person. An AVO can have restrictions that prevent a person from living at a certain address, or from going to a certain locations such as a school or work place.

There are mandatory orders that are imposed in all AVOs. Those Orders prevent the person listed on the AVO from:

Assaulting, molesting, harassing, threatening or otherwise interfering with the protected person or a person with whom the protected person has a domestic relationship
Engaging in any other conduct that intimidates the protected person or a person with whom the protected person has a domestic relationship, stalking the protected person or a person with whom the protected person has a domestic relationship.

If you have been served with a Provisional Apprehended Violence Order (AVO), it is important to get immediate legal advice. A Provisional Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) places immediate restrictions on a person. It is important to get urgent advice to properly respond to the Provisional Apprehended Violence Order (AVO).

An AVO can have significant impacts on a persons ability to see their children and impact on present or future Family Court proceedings. An AVO is considered to be a Family Violence Order and can significantly effect what the Family Court considers doing when making Parenting Orders for contact with children.

Auslex have expert criminal defence lawyers, as well as a Law Society Accredited Specialist in Family Law, to ensure you are getting complete legal advise about all aspects of your AVO and criminal matter.

An AVO can often result in a person being prevented from returning to their home. This often can mean a person is prevented from returning to where they live to collect their personal belongings, or even basic items like their clothes. We can help you seek a Property Recovery Order, that allows a person to return to a location with a police escort to collect personal items. If you have been served with an AVO, and are worried about how to collect your personal belongings, contact us today.

Don’t risk your future. Our experienced lawyers can provide you with the help you need to get the best possible result in your case.

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Adam Bye
Accredited Specialist
Family Lawyer

Adam Bye is an experienced legal practitioner. An advocate who specialises in all forms of court work.

Adam is an experienced and respected criminal defence lawyer. He is ready to fight for your rights.

Hannah Little


Hannah is a keen and ambitious lawyer who has experience assisting in criminal law matters in NSW and Victoria.

She has a strong interest in criminal law and enjoys being able to help people navigate the law and get their lives back on track.

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Business Consultant
Tiffany has been involved in running her own company in business consulting for more than 15 years. She has decades of experience in working as a business operations and general manager for law firms.