The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has announced that tough powers to tackle domestic violence protection are to be introduced across England and Wales.  The new Orders can prevent people who are suspected of perpetrating violence from returning to the family home for 28 days.

The Orders, known as Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPOs) were trialed in Greater Manchester, West Mercia and Wiltshire over 15 months across 2011/12, are to be issued by Magistrates Courts and will be available to Police from March of next year.  Such Orders will allow the Police to become involved where they believe a person is at risk but there is not enough evidence to bring a charge.  With these new powers, the Police will be able to tackle interim action through a Domestic Violence Protection Notice (DVPN) which they can issue themselves and prevent suspected perpetrators of domestic abuse from returning to the home for 48 hours.  The Police will then have to go to Court to apply for a full Order.  Further, the Police will not require the consent of the suspected victim in order to issue a Notice or to apply for an Order.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May commented that;

“the Government is committed to ensuring that the Police and other agencies have the tools necessary to tackle domestic violence, to bring offenders to justice, and ensure victims have the support they need to rebuild their lives”.

At Ringrose Law, we have a specialist team that can assist victims of domestic violence in obtaining Orders from the Courts to protect them and their children. For more information, contact one of our offices in Boston, Grantham, Lincoln, Sleaford, Spalding and Newark.

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