Protective orders

Victims of domestic abuse can apply for protective orders in civil courts. We have provided an explanation of some of these orders below.

In cases of domestic abuse or stalking, the Police can apply for civil orders (using the civil burden of proof ‘on the balance of probabilities’) to help protect victims if they believe that they cannot yet meet the high evidential standard for criminal proceedings. They may also apply for protective orders if they have charged someone for a crime related to domestic abuse or stalking and are waiting for the CPS to decide about criminal proceedings. These orders can include Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs) and Stalking Protection Orders (SPOs).

Find out more information about orders that can help to protect you and your children and what happens when they are breached.

Orders to protect you and your children