Understand how to get an AVO and how it can protect you

 More than three Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs) are issued every hour of every day of the year in NSW, on average – more than 30,000 last year.

   “To help people thinking of applying for an AVO to better understand the system and give them confidence in what an AVO can do for them, Legal Aid NSW is putting on free online seminars,” said Kirsten Cameron, who coordinates Legal Aid’s community legal education program.

   “AVOs are designed to protect people from violent partners, relatives, friends or strangers. Research has shown that most domestic AVOs are effective in reducing or stopping violent and other negative behaviours,” she said.

   “Most AVOs are issued to protect victims of domestic violence, but they are also available to protect people from verbal abuse, threats and harassment by strangers and people other than intimate partners.”

   “Our half-hour webinars explain all you need to know about AVOs, including what behaviour is classified as domestic or family violence, the different types of AVOs, how to obtain an AVO and what happens if the other party breaches the AVO.”

   “Webinars provide an effective and anonymous way to get all the necessary information. Our webinars also provide a chance to ask written questions, and give participants links to useful information and contacts for further support.”

   “Our webinars allow people to get information about legal issues without leaving home. This is especially useful for people in rural and regional NSW.”

   The next webinars for people who have applied for an AVO, or are thinking about applying for an AVO, are run:

·        On September 30, from 2-2.30pm

·        On December 3, from 2-2.3pm

   “Legal Aid NSW also publish brochures online. We also give free advice and minor assistance on many everyday legal issues, including AVOs.”

   Webinar participants must register at the Legal Aid NSW website (visit www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/what-we-do/workshops/calendar-general-public).

   The webinar can be accessed on a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone; it requires an internet connection and, ideally, a headset or earphones.

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