White Ribbon welcomes changes to strengthen Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) by NSW Government
New legislation passed by the NSW Government yesterday doubles the default duration of Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) and gives police the power to make urgent changes to strengthen orders protecting victims.
The changes outlined by the NSW Government include:
- The default length of ADVOs will increase from 12 months to two years.
- Courts will be able to grant indefinite ADVOs in severe cases.
- ADVOs will automatically extend for two years after an adult offender is released from prison, a period when the risk of reoffending is known to be elevated.
- Senior police will be given the power to immediately vary ADVOs to respond to serious and immediate risks to victims, until a court can consider the matter.
White Ribbon Australia welcome these changes designed to boost protection for victims of domestic and family violence.
Read the full statement from the NSW Government here.
This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia. It does not represent the individual opinions and views of our stakeholders, including, but not limited to, our Ambassadors, Advocates, Partners and staff members.