Research and analysis

Evaluation of the pilot of Domestic Violence Protection Orders

Domestic Violence Protection Orders are designed to provide immediate protection for victim-survivors of domestic violence.


Evaluation of the Pilot of Domestic Violence Protection Orders

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Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs) were piloted in three police force areas in 2011-12. DVPOs are a new civil provision designed to provide immediate protection for victim-survivors of domestic violence where no other enforceable restrictions can be placed upon the perpetrator.

This evaluation of the pilot suggests that DVPOs were generally seen positively by practitioners and victim-survivors and were associated with a reduction in re-victimisation, particularly when used in ‘chronic’ cases. While a negative cost impact was found over the pilot period, there are likely to be further benefits that the evaluation could not quantify (e.g. preventing escalating violence), and over the long term the benefits increase relative to costs. The evaluation recommends wider roll out of DVPOs.

Domestic abuse or violence is a crime and should be reported to the police, there are also other organisations who can offer you help and support.

Call 999 if it’s an emergency or you’re in immediate danger. The police take domestic violence seriously and will be able to help and protect you. If it’s not an emergency, contact your local neighbourhood policing team.

For information on help and support, please ‘Report domestic abuse’.

Published 25 November 2013