New powers to support domestic violence victims in Cornwall and Devon

  • Police in Devon and Cornwall have new powers to help and support victims of domestic abuse.

    When violence as occurred or threatened towards a victim or their children and there are unlikely to be any criminal charges, police may authorise a Domestic Violence Protection Notice whilst the perpetrator is in custody.

    According to The Cornishman, the notice protects the victim from violence or a threat of violence by: Sad Silhouette

    1. Prohibiting the perpetrator from evicting or excluding the victim and their children from their premises

    2. Prohibiting the perpetrator from entering the premises

    3. Requiring the perpetrator to leave the premises or

    4. Prohibiting the perpetrator from going within such a distance of the premises as specified in the notice.

    After the notice has been issued, within the following 24 hours police are then able to apply to the court for a Domestic Violence Protection order which will mean the same prohibitions can last between fourteen to 28 days.

    Detective Chief Inspector John Trott from the Devon and Cornwall Public Protection Unit said: "This is another fantastic tool in addition to the Clare's Law legislation from March 2014 and a new strategy for policing perpetrators of domestic violence. We have incidents of domestic violence that are reported to us but on occasions there is insufficient evidence to bring a charge. In the past, the suspect has then been released from custody, often without any restrictions on their movement. Under the new scheme if there is concern that a partner has been the subject of violence or the threat of violence and that risk remains a 48 hour Domestic Violence Protection Notice can be authorised by a Superintendent before a suspect leaves custody."

    What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions

    Image source:

Related articles

  • Read More

    People in Leeds call to tackle domestic violence

    Leaders from private, public and third sectors gathered for the Voice of Leeds Summit and discussed what they could do to tackle domestic violence, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.Over the past...

  • Read More

    Plans to tackle domestic violence in Bury

    Research by Bury Council’s domestic violence and abuse steering group has found that there was an average of ten incidents a day in the past year from April 2015, reports the Bury Times.Town hall...

  • Read More

    Domestic violence levels in Northern Ireland at highest

    Police have said that the number of reports of domestic violence are continuing to rise, and from April 2014 to April 2015 there was a 5.6% increase, report U TV. Ulster University is set to release...

  • Read More

    Welfare reforms could make it harder for domestic violence victims to leave their homes

    Service director for Newcastle Women’s Aid Elaine Langshawe has said that welfare reforms are making it harder for domestic violence victims to leave their partners, reports the Chronicle Live.Ms...

  • Read More

    Support for domestic violence survivors provided by local charities

    A contract worth £1.2m a year has been obtained by Women’s Aid Integrated Services, Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid and Equation, reports Impact Nottingham. This contract uses funds from...

  • Read More

    New fund to support victims of domestic violence

    The fund will be open to proposals from local partnerships that show how the needs of victims are able to be met in innovative ways, reports 24dash. It has also been revealed that there will be a...

  • Read More

    Domestic violence campaign launched in Sandwell

    Run by charity Fry Housing Trust, Sandwell Council and Sandwell’s Domestic Abuse Strategic Partnership, the ‘Brighter Futures’ scheme will be running over the next two years, reports ITV...

  • Read More

    Wolverhampton police see thousands of domestic violence reports

    It has been reported that an average of sixteen incidents of domestic violence were recorded each day in Wolverhampton over the last year, reports the Express and Star.Of the 5,900 incidents reported...

  • Read More

    UK’s approach to domestic violence called ‘incoherent’

    A leaked copy of an official report by the UN special rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, has called for an urgent inquiry into Yarl’s Wood and a focus on repeated allegations...

  • Read More

    Domestic violence to be highlighted in new film by students and police in Sunderland

    The first year media students and third year drama students at the University of Sunderland have created four short films that cover financial, emotional, physical and sexual forms of domestic abuse,...

How to fund Housing Support and Social Care Services "Alot of information in a short time, good for me because I travelled a long way. So I feel the journey was worthwhile." C.T - People First Dorset


Briefing Signup