Protection for domestic violence victims

Domestic violence.
Domestic violence.

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.