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Domestic Violence Protection Orders and Notices (DVPOs and DVPNs)

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Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs) can provide immediate protection for a victim in the aftermath of a domestic abuse incident.

DVPOs are a civil order that can be applied for by the police and granted by a magistrate.

If granted, the order will immediately ban the perpetrator from returning to a residence and from having contact with the victim for up to 28 days. This period of time allows the victim the opportunity to consider their options and get the support they need.

The process that police follow involves the granting of a Domestic Violence Protection Notice (DVPN) to the perpetrator immediately after the domestic abuse incident. This is then taken to a magistrate the following morning and if agreed, a DVPO will be issued.

If you wish to contact us about a DVPN or DVPO, you can do so in the following ways:

Please call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger.

The website provides further information about DVPOs and the process that police forces follow.

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