Protection Notices and Orders

Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Orders

Confrontation between a coupleFrom 30 June 2014, Thames Valley Police will be able to offer more protection to victims of domestic abuse.

Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPN/DVPOs) are measures police officers can take to help prevent people from becoming victims of violence and physical abuse.

These are a particularly useful measure to use when there is not enough evidence to charge a suspect and therefore no police powers to provide protection to the victim through bail conditions.

What are DVPNs and DVPOs?

Both the Protection Notices and Protection Orders act as temporary restraining orders. This means there will be specific conditions the perpetrator will need to abide by. These conditions could include one or more of the following conditions:

  • Prohibit the perpetrator from molesting the associated person (victim).
  • Prohibit the perpetrator from evicting or excluding the associated person (victim) from a specified address.
  • Prohibit the perpetrator from entering a specified address.
  • Require the perpetrator to leave a specified address.
  • Prohibit the perpetrator from coming within a specified distance of a specified address.

The police can issue a Protection Order to a perpetrator, aged 18 and above, if they have used or threatened violence against someone they have been in or are in a relationship with.

It can also be used against someone who has used or threatened violence against a relative.

Once the Protection Notice has been issued, the police officer will apply for a Protection Order via a magistrates’ court and the offender will be required to appear in court within 48 hours.

The magistrates’ court will then issue a Protection Order (DVPO) which will last between 14 and 28 days.

The Protection Order is designed to prevent the perpetrator committing any further abuse or violence and will serve as a ‘cooling off’ period during which time the people involved can seek further help.

What does the Protection Notice and Order mean for you?

If you, your partner or a member of your family has received a Protection Notice or Order, this means you have some time and space to arrange some longer-term advice and support.

The person who has received the order will not be able to come to the victim’s home or contact them and possibly any children who may be involved. The notice/order may also mean the person cannot go to the victim’s place of work or anywhere else specified on the order.

The victim does not have to give consent for the police to issue a notice or apply the order. However, any feelings about the Protection Notice being issued will be taken into account. The victim will not have to give a statement or stand up in court, unless they specifically want to.

Whether the victim consents to the application of the Protection Notice and Order or not, the police’s priority is to protect vulnerable people and victims from further violence.

What if the Notice or Order is breached?

If someone breaches a Protection Notice or a Protection Order, they will be arrested and will be brought before a magistrates’ court within 24 hours of the arrest.

What sort of help is available?

There are a number of national and local schemes and organisations who can help and support you in the long-term when dealing with domestic abuse.

National contacts are available to help, as are local contacts.