2014, has been a very productive year in terms the introduction of new legislation which seeks to give additional protection to survivors of domestic abuse.
In addition to Clareâ€™s Law, DVPNs (Domestic Violence Protection Notices and DVPOs (Domestic Violence Protection Orders also known as “Go-Orders) and) have been introduced nationally.
The new schemes allow the police to exclude a suspected domestic violence perpetrator from the family home and to prevent contact with the victim for up to 28 days without charges being brought. The aim is to offer immediate protection and “breathing space” to the victim to allow him or her to seek support and assess their options.
The DVPN is a notice given to the offender stopping them from doing anything to intimidate or harass the victim in any way and can include entering the home or making contact with the victim for 48 hours while an order is requested.Â Â The DVPO then extends the ban for up to 28 days
The orders are only used when there is no opportunity to progress criminal proceedings. The priority for the police is to try and bring offenders to justice. However for a range of reasons in some case, this is not possible. It is in these cases that the provision of these Orders provide an opportunity to put in place immediate measures to safeguard the victim and any children involved.
In the two months since Cheshire Police started using the Scheme, 21 DVPOs have successfully been taken out,Â Â 4 of which were contested and 2 not granted at court.
Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer said, “Survivors of domestic abuse formed part of my Victims Voice campaign and their views have been very useful in informing me about the services provided to them by the police when they take that brave step to come forwards and report the abuse that they suffer. I am delighted that the Constabulary has risen to the challenge of implementing these orders which, I know will help to give survivors the time and space they need. Often there are childcare or family considerations which need to be considered before the victims is ready to take positive action and this really helps them. In light of all this, I urge victims of domestic abuse, physical or emotional to have the courage to come forward and report it.”
DCI Nigel Wenham the Force lead on Domestic Violence said; “The use of Domestic Violence Protection Orders means that in the past two months we have been able to take positive steps to protect victims of domestic violence.
Nigel added; “We treat all reports of domestic violence extremely seriously and will not tolerate any abuse be it from a spouse, partner or other relative.Â Â We will always seek to progress cases through the criminal justice system and bring offenders to justice, however in many cases because of a range of reasons we cannot do so. We have a duty of careÂ Â to members of the public who we feel are at risk from Domestic Violence and have to do all that we can to protect those we deem at risk, DVPOs give us a great tool to do this.”
For more information on DVPNs or DVPOs please visit the Cheshire Police website at:
You can also find more information on domestic abuse and what help is available on the Cheshire Police website at:
If you believe that you or someone you know is at immediate risk of harm from domestic violence always call 999.Â Â For a non-emergency call 101.