Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Orders

Kelly Thomas November 29, 2017

Domestic Violence Protection Notices (DVPNs) are mainly used by police when they are attending a potential scene of domestic violence, either as protection for the victim when an arrest has been made, or if an arrest has been made but there is an undergoing investigation. DVPNs are used to evict the recipient from the property as soon as possible for 48 hours, after this an application for a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) will need to be placed from the Magistrates’ Court, these can result in the recipient being further evicted from the premises for another 28 days.

Can Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Orders be challenged?

As unfortunate as it is, there is no easy way to challenge DVPN/DVPOs. It all depends on the circumstances of the situation. For example, if a woman contacted the police due to a domestic violence encounter with a male, the male would be given a DVPN and would be evicted from the home for 48 hours to enable the ‘breathing period’. There are many situations where the woman will plead for the male to return home and demolish any possible charges. This can turn into a very repetitive cycle, which can make it difficult to challenge DVPNs.

If you require expert advice about DVPNs or DVPOs, please contact Kelly Thomas at or 020 7388 8333.

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