A repeat domestic abuse offender, who breached court restrictions on contacting his partner three times, has been jailed for 21 days.
The first custodial sentence of its kind in Staffordshire for a breach of a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) was handed out to 33-year-old man from the Burton-on-Trent area at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on Thursday (20 November).
Following two previous breaches of DVPOs, where the offender received fines, upon the third breach yesterday (20 November) the offender was taken to court. Following the presentation of evidence by officers at court he was sentenced to 21 days imprisonment.
A DVPO is issued by the court after an officer has issued an offender with a Domestic Violence Protection Notice (DVPN). These powers allow police officers to act fast to protect victims following incidents and mean that they do not need to rely on third parties to progress a case and can offer victims protection from abuse or the threat of violence.
The legislation can be considered for use if violence has been used or threatened by someone over 18 and the level of violence causes the attending police officer to fear for the ongoing safety of the victim.
Since 1 July, when the legislation was introduced, the force has made 37 applications for DVPNs to the court, of which 34 were approved and DVPOs issued. Nine of the orders have been breached.
Detective Chief Inspector Jav Oomer, of the forceâ€™s Protecting Vulnerable People department, said: â€œWe welcome this prison sentence, which is a good example of how these new powers can be used where we have the potential for serious offences and when the threshold for charge has not been met.
â€œThis should be a warning to potential domestic abuse perpetrators that if they do offend they can be stopped from returning to their home for up to 28 days. This is particularly relevant over the Christmas period, when offences increase, and could see offenders being separated from their families.â€