Department of Family and Community Services

3.2 Apprehended domestic violence orders granted

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Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) granted to victims of DV by NSW courts

Current position

In NSW in 2011, 68 percent of victims protected by ADVOs were female.

Females were granted ADVOs at a rate of 767 per 100,000 of the population, while males were granted ADVOs at a rate of 358 per 100,000 population.

Gender gap

  • Females are protected by ADVOs at twice the rate of males.
The direction of
change over time

Between 2010 and 2011 there was a 5 percent increase in the rate of females protected by ADVOs, and an 11 percent increase in the rate of males protected by ADVOs.

See Figure 6.7 for a graph of the rate of ADVOs granted by sex since 1996. Note that procedural changes, such as mandatory recording on an ADVO of the children of the person protected by the ADVO, have affected the rise in the number and rate of ADVOs granted over this period.

Discussion

Based on the place of residence of the person of interest (alleged offender), the areas in NSW in 2011 with the highest rate of ADVOs granted per 100,000 population have not changed since 2010. These are the Far West, North Western and Northern regions (Table 6.5).

In Sydney, the areas with the highest rate of ADVOs granted per 100,000 population are also the same as in 2010 – Outer South Western Sydney, Blacktown and Fairfield-Liverpool (Table 6.5).

Note that data based on the residence of the offender (Table 6.5) is not sex-disaggregated.

An Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) is a court order which prohibits a person from behaviour that harasses or intimidates another person. ADVOs apply when a domestic relationship exists between the victim and the abuser, such as spouses or separated spouses. The purpose of the ADVO is to protect the victim from acts of violence such as physical assault, harassment or intimidation, or damage or threatened damage to property.

Year collected: 2011 and previous years.
Data source: BOCSAR, NSW Recorded Crime Statistics 1996 to 2011, unpublished (BOCSAR ref: kg13-11173); BOCSAR (2012) NSW Criminal Court Statistics 2011. More information is available at www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au

Figure 6.7 Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders granted by sex, NSW, 1996 to 2011

Fig 6.7

Note: Rate per 100,000 population of males and females protected by ADVOs in NSW. Note that procedural changes, such as mandatory recording on an ADVO of the children of the person protected by the ADVO, have affected the rise in the number and rate of ADVOs granted over this period.
Population: The NSW population.
Source: BOCSAR, NSW Recorded Crime Statistics 1996 to 2011, unpublished (BOCSAR ref: kg13-11173).

Table 6.5 ADVOs granted by residence of offender, NSW, 2011

Table 6.5

Note: The rates shown are per 100,000 of the population and apply to the offender (the person against whom the ADVO is taken out) and the offender’s place of residence.
Population: The NSW population.
Source: BOCSAR (2012) NSW Criminal Court Statistics 2011.