The Area News, alongside Linking Communities Network will be detailing what constitutes violence against women as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
"If we can all change the conversation, we can change the culture that allows family violence and violence against women to happen in the first place," Linking Communities Deputy CEO Kirrilly Salvestro says.
Apprehended Violence Orders
An AVO is an Apprehended Violence Order. It is an order to protect victims of domestic violence when they are fearful of violence or threats to their safety.
They are sometimes called restraining orders or protection orders. There are two types of AVOs: Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO).
This is made where the people involved are related or in a domestic or intimate relationship. Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services are funded to assist women in ADVO matters.
Apprehended Personal Violence Order (APVO). This is made where the people involved are not related or do not have a domestic or intimate relationship.
Safety Tips when leaving
Contact the Domestic Violence Hotline and arrange safe accommodation. Contact RSPCA to arrange accommodation for your pets. Seek support from a domestic violence worker and consider getting an ADVO.
Arrange your transportation in advance. Practice travelling to your safe spot. Prepare and safely store a leaving package with money, documents, clothes, spare keys.
Seek legal advice. Program emergency services and support services into your phone. Ask your doctor to document any injuries.
Only tell trusted people of your new location. The safety you and your children is paramount. Take the items below only if it is safe.
It is important to remember you may be able to return with police at a later time to collect possessions.
- Driver's licence, bank details, credit cards, Birth/marriage/divorce certificate/s for you and your children
- Centrelink, immigration documents
- Car house keys
- Passports for you and your children
- Car registration papers
- Medical records, medication Medicare details
- Taxation and employment documents
- Court papers including protection and family law paper
- Rental, mortgage, legal papers, copy of ADVO
- Personal address book
- Your children's favourite toys and other items of comfort
- Personal items which have value or you fear may be destroyed such as jewellery and photographs
For information on AVOs, or to find your nearest Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service, call 1800 WDVCAS or 02 69623893 for Riverina WDVCAS.
Riverina WDVCAS is operated under Linking Communities Network Ltd, located at 96 Kookora St Griffith NSW.
They provide support for all female Victims of Domestic and Family Violence at court at Hay, Griffith, Leeton and Lake Cargelligo.
This is an independent service for women and their children seeking information and help about domestic and family violence and how to get protection from the court. Funding for Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services is administered by Legal Aid NSW.