An order applied for by the Police to stop a perpetrator of domestic abuse from contacting you or coming near you.
Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs) can provide immediate protection for a survivor if the Police have been involved because of domestic abuse. They are a civil order and can be applied for by the Police and granted by a magistrate in court. If the person does something that they are not allowed to because of the order this is called a breach. They could be brought back to court and in some cases, people can be sentenced to a short period in jail. The Police may ask the court for an order, even if the victim of domestic abuse does not want the order to be put in place. This is to try and provide the survivor with a window of opportunity to get some support to help keep them safe from violence and abuse.