No more excuses – ADVOs now in Plain English


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Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest, has welcomed the announcement that new Plain English Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVO) will roll out statewide on 3 December so perpetrators have no excuses for not understanding the orders.

“These new ADVOs use clear and simple language so there is no excuse for a domestic violence perpetrator to breach an order.”, Mr Provest said.

“We have removed all the complex legal jargon and spelled out a defendant’s obligations in Plain English, so they can no longer claim they didn’t understand the meaning or consequences of the ADVO.”

“The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research found that one in five ADVOs are breached, and the NSW Government is making it clear – any breach is an unacceptable risk.”

“The new ADVOs are designed to put a stop to violence, intimidation and harassment through a clear explanation of what a perpetrator can and cannot do under the order.”

The new ADVO is also being translated into 29 different languages to assist people whose first language is not English.

In addition, the penalties for breaching an order, including up to two years in prison, have been moved to the top of the document so it’s now the first thing perpetrators see.

Chief Executive Officer of White Ribbon Australia, Libby Davies, welcomed the introduction of Plain English ADVOs as a critical step to strengthen the safety of women.

“ADVOs are powerful tools but must be easily accessible and understood to ensure they are effective. We commend the NSW Government on this initiative,” Ms Davies said.

In addition, the NSW Government’s recent changes to ADVOs means final ADVO applications can be determined even if the victim doesn’t come to court, they will protect a victim’s current partner if they are being harassed by the victim’s ex-partner, and will stop self-represented defendants from personally cross-examining child witnesses during ADVO applications.




It’s official – Tweed Valley Neighbourhood Watch is now Incorporated!


For some years now Tweed Valley Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) has been lobbying for Incorporation for its groups spread across the Tweed Valley and Brunswick.

At long last I am happy to report that Incorporation is now fact and for Incorporation purposes we are registered as TWEED VALLEY NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH INC.

Why you may ask have we taken this direction? The simple answer; to apply for grants most organisations require the applicant to be incorporated. Neighbourhood Watch like many other organisations  needs money to exist these days, deliver events, to keep up with administration costs and the production of newsletters, website, etc.

It is no secret that a lot of our members have kept NHW groups afloat by putting their hands in their own pockets to keep the local community up-to-date on crime and safety issues, but products and equipment can be expensive and we need assistance from time to time from outside sources to keep up our work in a professional manner.

Tweed Valley NHW has a lot of dedicated members who put a lot of time in voluntary work with our organisation, but we are always looking for more to join our ranks, so if you are interested please make contact with your relevant area we would be happy to talk to you. If your area is not represented then we’d like to assist in you starting a NHW program in your area.

We must also bring to your attention to Geoff Provest MP who has helped greatly with behind the scenes work in our quest for incorporation and our thanks to him for his tireless efforts.

Your local Neighbourhood Watch groups are not only working with the public on face to face safety issues these days, but we are now involved with the Eyewatch programme that was came about well over a year ago to bring NHW into the 21st Century. This State Government/NSW Police initiative has now made it easy for the public to go online at home or mobile and be in contact with your Local Area Command and Neighbourhood Watch through the use of Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

On behalf of all our groups in the Tweed Valley/Brunswick Valley we look forward to continuing our work with the community and feel free to contact us or our groups for advice on security issues or membership enquiries.


Keep Safe

Gordon Levenson
Hon. Secretary Combined Groups NHW Tweed Valley/Brunswick Valley