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Police officers are trained in domestic abuse cases and they will take positive action to arrest offenders and protect those who are involved.

When there is not enough evidence to charge a person, but officers are concerned for the safety of a victim, a Domestic Violence Protection Notice (DVPN) can be served against the alleged perpetrator. The frequently-asked questions below will help to explain what this is.

What is a Domestic Violence Protection Notice (DVPN)?

A Domestic Violence Protection Notice (DVPN) is authorised by a police superintendent where violence or a threat of violence has occurred. It can be issued to protect you from further violence and/or threats. This can be done with or without your consent. A DVPN can only be issued to a person over 18 years old.

What is the purpose of a DVPN?

The purpose of a DVPN is to prevent the perpetrator from being in your home and restrict him/her from returning whilst the notice is in place. It gives you time to consider what you want to happen next. During the notice period, you will be contacted by support services who can help you.

How long does a DVPN last?

A DVPN can last up to 48hrs (excluding Sundays and bank holidays). During that time, the police must apply to a magistrate to grant a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO).

How will I know what is happening?

During the time the DVPN is in place, you will be contacted by GDASS (Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service) who can help you. During that time, the police must apply to the magistrate for a DVPO.

What happens if the perpetrator does not follow the conditions of the DVPN?

The perpetrator can be arrested and held in custody. He/she can be brought in front of the magistrates’ court where the application for a DVPO will be heard within 24hrs (excluding Sundays and bank holidays).

What is a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO)?

A Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) can be granted by a magistrate. It can last up to 28 days and will include conditions which the perpetrator must comply with. For example, he or she could be:

  • prohibited from making you leave your home
  • prohibited from entering your home
  • required to leave your home
  • prohibited from coming within a specified distance of your home
What happens if the perpetrator does not follow the conditions of the DVPO?

The perpetrator can be arrested and held in custody. He/she can be brought in front of the magistrates’ court and may be fined or imprisoned.

Page last updated: 14 September 2016