Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO)
DVPO came into force in Warwickshire on June 2nd 2014.Posted on 16 October 2014
What is a 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.
Examples of conditions include:
- prohibit them from making you leave your home
- prohibit them from entering your home
- require them to leave your home, or
- prohibit them 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 where they may have to pay a fine or will be imprisoned.
How will I know what is happening?
You will be kept informed at all stages of the DVPN/DVPO process and you will be offered support from specialist staff.
Do I have to go to court?
No you do not have to attend. Magistrates can make that decision without you being present.
When will the case go to court?
The Magistrates’ Court will hear an application for a DVPO within 48 hours (excluding Sundays and Bank Holidays) of the person being served with a DVPN by the police. If he or she does not attend the Magistrates’ Court, then a DVPO can be made in their absence.
The law allows the Magistrates to make a DVPO against the person even if you do not agree to it. In addition, the Magistrates will take into account the welfare of anyone under 18 who the police consider will be affected by the DVPO.