Domestic violence protection orders

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Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPO) protect victims by enabling the police and magistrates to put in place protection in the immediate aftermath of a domestic violence incident.

Before the scheme, there was a gap in protection, because police couldn’t charge the perpetrator for lack of evidence and because the process of granting injunctions took time.

With DVPOs, a perpetrator can be ‘banned’ with immediate effect from returning to a residence and from having contact with the victim for up to 28 days, allowing the victim time to consider their options and get the support they need.