For the first time in NSW Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) will be written in plain English so defendants have no excuses for not understanding the orders.


Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced the introduction of plain English ADVOs as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to end violence against women.


“Breaching an ADVO is a serious offence, so making them crystal clear is vitally important to help protect victims,” Mr Anderson said.


“ADVOs will now be written in clear and simple English to make it easier for defendants to understand them so there is no excuse for breaching the order.


“Getting rid of legal jargon means the message is clear to those served with an ADVO. They will now be designed to use language that a 13-year-old can understand.”


The new ADVOs is being rolled out across the state over the next 12 months and forms part of a raft of new measures the NSW Government has introduced this year to help stamp out domestic violence.


These initiatives include a Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, to be piloted in 2016, the trial of dedicated Domestic Violence High Risk Offender Teams in the NSW Police Force and legislating to allow police to film a video or audio recording of a victim’s statement on the spot so it can be used as evidence in court.

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