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Domestic Violence - New Powers

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The Home Office announced yesterday, 30th June 2011, that a 12 month trial is to be run in the Greater Manchester, West Mercia and Wiltshire Constabulary areas under which police officers will have power to stop perpetrators of domestic violence from contacting victims or returning to their homes. An ‘on the spot’ notice can be issued and will last from 14 to 28 days. This will allow time for other proceedings to be taken in the criminal and/or civil courts.

Domestic violence comprises 14% of all violent incidents reported to the police. Two women a week die at the hands of a partner or ex-partner. This pilot scheme is intended to provide more immediate protection whilst other action may be pursued such as seeking the protection of an injunction in civil proceedings. At present, there is no such protection unless the perpetrator is arrested and charged and bail conditions set.

For further information, see the Home Office site.

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