Family Law Library

When is it appropriate to take an AVO out against another party?

You have the right to be safe and so do your children. If you fear ongoing violence or intimidation you should contact the police immediately.

Protection issues are just as important as the right of children to spend time with both parents and sometimes those objectives are in conflict.

The court may issue an Apprehended Violence Order if it feels that there is a likelihood of, or that the person lodging the complaint has reasonable grounds to fear:

  • the person receiving the order has a high propensity for violence or
  • harassment, stalking or intimidation.

If, for any reason, you fear for your own safety or the safety of your children, the lawyers at Mathews Family Law & Mediation Specialists Melbourne can help you to find protection from family violence. You should discuss them with us at the earliest opportunity so we can identify with you what steps need to be taken for protection or what impact the incidents will have on parenting and property matters. We can advise on the forms of Apprehended Violence Orders available and help you obtain an order appropriate to your circumstances and adequate for your protection. We can also advise on the effect of an AVO on post separation parenting.

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