Domestic Violence Prevention Act [DVPA] Law and Legal Definition

Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA) is a law incorporated to promote domestic harmony and control; to prevent domestic violence; and to protect the interest of the victim of domestic violence. The Act requires local social services districts to provide residential and non-residential services to victims of domestic violence.

The DVPA authorizes a trial court to issue a restraining order for the purpose of preventing a recurrence of domestic violence and ensuring a period of separation of the persons involved, if an affidavit shows, to the satisfaction of the court, reasonable proof of a past act or acts of abuse. A restraining order may be issued under DVPA in an independent action brought by a former spouse who has been the subject of abuse within the meaning of the DVPA. [Cal Fam Code § 6301].