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Domestic violence protection notices and orders

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Domestic Violence Protection Notices (DVPN) and Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPO) are designed to protect victims of domestic abuse and their children by giving them the space, time and support to plan a safer future by keeping the perpetrator away.  Both the Notice and the Order are issued under strict conditions and effectively ban the perpetrator from returning to a specific address and causing further harm to the victim.

The Police may issue a DVPN where they have reasonable grounds to believe that the following two criteria are met:

  • the perpetrator (18 years or over) has been violent towards or has threatened violence towards an associated person

  • the issue of a DVPN is necessary to protect that person from violence or a threat of violence by the perpetrator

The Police will take into consideration the opinions of all those involved but will make a decision based upon the necessity to protect a victim and any children from further harm.

For further information about DVPNs and DVPOs please click on the attached links.

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