The main difference between AVOs and IVOs is the state in which the terminology is used. AVO is NSW terminology, whereas in Victoria we have Family Intervention Orders (FVIO) or Personal Safety Intervention Orders (PSIO), which are collectively referred to as Intervention Orders (IVOs).
The names and terms vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction – in America, these types of orders are often called Restraining Orders.
Where someone has made allegations to the Police regarding a criminal offence, it is common for the Police to seek an Intervention Order on behalf of the victim.
It is important to remember that even if the person applying for the Intervention Order has displayed aggressive or abusive behaviour towards the respondent themselves, this is not necessarily a reason for the Order not to be granted. Rather, it may provide grounds for the respondent to seek their own Order against the Applicant. Where both parties obtain orders against the other, this is commonly referred to as having ‘cross-orders’.
When should you speak with a criminal lawyer?
If you are the Respondent in an Application for an Intervention Order, then you should arrange to speak with a Melbourne criminal lawyer for advice as to what options are available to you, and what is be the best course of action in dealing with the application.
Call us on 03 9034 7351 for a free case assessment if you or someone you know needs advice regarding Intervention Orders.