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There is an increasing range of legal orders that can be used to protect survivors of domestic abuse.

Police orders

The police now have powers to serve a Domestic Violence Protection Notice (DVPN) on an abusive partner who presents an ongoing risk of violence. This will be provided in writing and served to the abusive partner by a police officer.  The order lasts for 48 hours and requires the abusive partner to leave the premises and not contact the victim. This can be extended further (up to 28 days) by a magistrate at court, who can grant a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO).

Criminal law

Civil law

Non-molestation orders

Occupation orders

Prohibited steps order

How to apply for a court order

Enforcing the orders

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