Lancashire Constabulary is offering more protection to victims of domestic abuse with the introduction of Domestic Violence Protection Orders.
Starting yesterday (Monday, July 28) , the court-issued orders along with Domestic Violence Protection Notices will allow officers in Lancashire to act fast to protect victims following an incident.
The new legislation is being introduced following a successful pilot scheme by a number of forces across the country.
Detective Superintendent Sue Cawley, head of Lancashire Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit, said: “These new Protection Notices and Orders are a very welcome addition in our armoury in supporting victims and helping to keep them safe. The provision of a notice, followed by a successful application for a court order, will allow victims a respite period where they will have the opportunity to work with professionals and review their options for their future.”
The legislation can be used when a domestic incident occurs and violence has been used or threatened by an adult and the level of violence causes an officer to fear for the on-going safety of the victim.
Police will consider issuing a notice when an arrested person is released from custody and they are given a caution, unconditionally bailed or no further action is taken against them.