Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs) were introduced across England and Wales in March 2014.
Initially, a Domestic Violence Protection Notice (DVPN) can be served in cases where police believe a perpetrator has used or threatened violence towards a victim and the victim is at risk. This prevents the suspected offender returning to the address for 48 hours. If the suspected offender does not adhere to the Domestic Violence Protection Notice they will be arrested and bought before the Magistrates court, often in custody.
In order for a Domestic Violence Protection Order to be considered, the Police must make an application to the Magistrates Court to hear their case within 48 hours of a Domestic Violence Protection Notice being given to the alleged perpetrator. The Magistrates can make a Domestic Violence Protection Order if certain conditions are met. This will have the effect of banning a suspect from returning to their home or having contact with the victim for up to 28 days.
This is very powerful measure, with potentially unfair consequences, because it can be made without an offence being committed. If you are served with a DVPN, please contact us without delay, so we may oppose any application before the Court, which may unfairly interfere with your life.