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  • AP (alleged perpetrator) a person who has been accused of abuse.
  • DVDS (Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme) also known as “Clare’s Law” or the “Right to Ask” and the “Right to Know”. The scheme allows the police to disclose information to a victim or potential victim of domestic abuse about their partner’s or ex-partner’s previous abusive or violent offending. You can read more about this scheme here.
  • DVPNs (Domestic Violence Protection Notices) are emergency non-molestation (see below) and eviction notices which can be issued to a perpetrator by the police. Because the DVPN is a police-issued notice, it is effective from the time the police have issued it.
  • DVPO (Domestic Violence Protection Order) Within 48 hours of the DVPN being served on the perpetrator, an application by police to a magistrates’ court for a DVPO must be heard. A DVPO can prevent the perpetrator from returning to a residence and from having contact with the victim for up to 28 days. You can read more about the DVPN/DVPO scheme here.
  • NFA (No further action) means that the Police are not taking any further action when investigating an offence. NFA should only happen when an alleged offence been thoroughly investigated and there is insufficient evidence to justify charge.
  • Non Mol (Non-molestation Order)are aimed at preventing your partner or ex-partner from using or threatening violence against you or your child, or intimidating, harassing or pestering you, in order to ensure the health, safety and well-being of yourself and your children. You can find out more here.
  • Occupation order regulates who can live in the family home, and can also restrict an abuser from entering the surrounding area. You can find out more here.
  • OIC (Officer in Charge) when an offence is reported to the police, the victim is given a named police officer who will be their point of contact for the investigation. The OIC will contact the victim to introduce themselves), explain what lines of enquiry they will be following and agree how and when they will keep in contact.