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Domestic Violence Protection Notice (DVPN)

DVPN came into force in Warwickshire on June 2nd 2014.

Posted on 16 October 2014 Woman with child

What is a DVPN?

  • A DVPN is authorised by a Police Superintendent where violence or a threat of violence has occurred.
  • A DVPN can be issued to protect you from further violence and/or threats, and can be issued with or without your consent.
  • A DVPN can only be issued to a person over 18 years old.

What is the purpose of the DVPN?

  • The purpose of the notice is to prevent the perpetrator from being present in your home and restricts them from returning whilst the notice is in place.
  • The notice gives you time to consider what you want to happen next.
  • During the time the notice is in place, 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/Bank Holidays).
  • During that time the Police must apply to a Magistrate to grant a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO).

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

The perpetrator can be arrested and held in custody. He or she can be brought in front of the Magistrates’ Court where the application for a DVPO will be heard. 

Be safe and cover your tracks!

See our guide on how to cover your tracks and stay safe on the internet.

If you are in an abusive relationship and your abuser has access to your computer, it is important that you take precautionary steps to hide your internet activities. If you know that your abuser has access to the computer that you use, the best safety measure to take is to use another computer.

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