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Domestic violence protection notices and orders

Domestic Violence Protection Notices (DVPN) and 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.

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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 DVPN 'sand DVPO's please click on the attached links.