In June 2014 a new legislation was introduced to enable the police and magistrates court to provide protection to victims following a domestic violence incident.
Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs) can be used to provide immediate protection to a victim where there is not enough evidence to charge an alleged perpetrator. These orders provide protection to victims via bail conditions and can last up to 28 days, during which time the perpetrator can be prevented from having contact with the victim.
The protection notices and orders provide the police and courts with new powers, giving an arresting officer the ability to act in order to protect victims who they consider to be at risk of further abuse. This can be acted upon even when the victim may be too intimidated to make a complaint themselves.
The legislation can be used if a domestic incident occurs and violence has been used or threatened by someone who is over the age of 18, and the level of violence causes the police officer to fear for the on-going safety of the victim.
Domestic violence is totally unacceptable! By allowing the police and courts to act swiftly the provision of a notice followed by an order will give the victim breathing space to consider their options and seek support.