Domestic Violence and AVOs

Domestic violence (also named domestic abuse, battering, or family violence) is essentially a pattern of behaviour which involves either violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, or emotional abuse, in a domestic setting such as in marriage or cohabitation. Very few people recognise themselves as abusers or victims because they may consider their experiences as family disputes that just got out of control. About 25% of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) individuals are victims of intimate partner abuse, just as often as are heterosexual women.

An Apprehended Violence Order (AVO) is an Order made by a court against a person who makes you fear for your safety, to protect you from further violence or harm. Alternative names for AVO’s include restraining orders or protection orders. It’s important to note that an AVO is not a criminal charge, but a legal order made to secure your protection. An AVO will set restrictions on the other person’s behaviour, such as prohibiting them from visiting your home or workplace. If the person seeking an AVO has children, the order will also protect them.

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