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New powers help police protect victims of domestic violence in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
Crime and Justice - UK Crime News
on the 23
June 2014 at 0:01
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New civil powers that help police protect victims of domestic violence are being used across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight from today (Monday, June 23).
Officers can now apply for Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Orders to prevent further violence between partners.
The notices can be used in the aftermath of certain domestic violence incidents and can prevent someone from contacting their partner for 48 hours.
Police then apply for an order from a Magistrates court which can extend the same protection for between 14 and 28 days.
The constabularyâ€™s lead on domestic abuse is Superintendent Ben Snuggs. He said the notices and orders will help save lives: â€œThe new powers enable us and the courts to create valuable breathing space for victims.
â€œWe know that those at risk of domestic violence often find it very difficult to come forward to report it so itâ€™s important that we take steps to protect them when they do.
â€œThe notices and orders give them that added assurance and take the responsibility for doing something away from the victim because, in the right circumstances, they can be imposed without the victimâ€™s consent.â€
The legislation came into force nationwide earlier this year and was initially implemented here in the forceâ€™s Western Area on May 19.
In a month since then, we have used six notices and successfully applied for six orders.
Supt Snuggs continued: â€œWeâ€™ve seen some really great results. For example, in situations that weâ€™ve not been able to progress through the criminal courts because thereâ€™s not been sufficient evidence, weâ€™ve still been able to do something positive to keep victims safe.
â€œAnd thatâ€™s what this scheme is about. Itâ€™s an additional power that in the right circumstances works to protect victims of crime.â€
If you or someone you know is affected by a Domestic Violence Protection Notice or Order, thereâ€™s further information on theÂ
Hampshire Constabulary website
There you will also find contact details of support services for victims of domestic abuse.
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