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I'm sorry to hear that this happened, and that it seems to be a recurrent issue. The only possible legal charge that I believe could be brought against the father is the falsification of a police report. It's illegal to knowingly make false police reports, and it's frowned upon by both police officers and judges because it's not only a waste of the officers' time, but also of the court's time and resources.
My recommendation would be to go into your local police station and make a report about this. Make sure to bring with you copies of the paperwork from the court showing that the case was dismissed, and it would also be helpful if your girlfriend came with you to let the officers know that she was tricked into signing it and that she knows her father was being purposely misleading.
Hopefully the police will take action on it, but if they don't immediately, at least you are creating a formal record so that you have it as evidence should anything come up again in the future.
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Yes that's correct, since a DVP usually has to be filled out by speaking with a law enforecement officer. If the father knew that the allegations were false, and if he tricked his daughter into signing it, then it constitutes filing a false report, and your girlfriend's testimony would significantly help in proving this.
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