Submission to the Department of Justice on the ADVO Form – Order 6
The NSW Department of Justice is reviewing the Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) form and Order 6. This follows consultations that identified the need for ADVO conditions to be clear, specific and appropriate to the individual circumstances of the victim, the family and the perpetrator, to be most effective in reducing domestic violence. The Department of Justice sought feedback on reform options it developed in response to these concerns and on any other concerns with the ADVO form.
Our submission is based on a survey of Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Services (WDVCASs) providing court advocacy services to women in local courts throughout NSW, asking for feedback on the ADVO form and Order 6. A total of 37 comprehensive responses were obtained. Whilst WDVCAS workers have reported that the ADVO Form and Order 6 are, in many cases, operating effectively to ensure the appropriate arrangements are put in place for the safety of women and children, a number of concerns were raised in relation to its content, layout and application.