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Domestic violence protection procedure

If we suspect domestic violence, we can issue the suspect with a protection notice, which can lead to a court granting a protection order

Protection Notices aim to provide immediate protection to victims. Constables serve suspects with a Notice to appear in front of a Magistrates’ Court, usually within 48 hours.

The Court will then decide, based on the body of evidence and balance of probability, whether to turn the Protection Notice into a Protection Order.

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Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

If you are a victim or feel like you may become a victim of domestic violence, Clare’s Law enables you to ask us to disclose your partner or ex-partner’s previous abusive or violent behaviour.

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