From Monday, June 30th, a new law means victims of domestic violence can get immediate protection from any abuse by an offender in Cambridgeshire. A Domestic Violence Protection Notice can now be issued by the police to anyone over 18, who has threatened violence or carried out an assault.
The new notices can still be given by police even if there are not grounds for an arrest but where there are reasonable grounds to believe those in the household, are at risk.
The notice prevents an offender from:
- Being within a certain distance of the victims home address
- Making the victim leave their home
- Contacting the victim by any means
If the offender and victim live at the same address it also prevents them from returning to the property.
Within 48 hours the police will take the notice through the court system and apply for a Domestic Violence Protection Order which keeps the protection in place for up to 28 days.
DI Mick Birchall from the Multi-agency referral unit said: "We know that in the past when people have been arrested and released from police custody they simply return to the victims address.
"This can often make things worse for the sufferer and is one of the barriers to incidents being reported to us.
"The new orders give those at risk immediate protection and time to consider the next steps they wish to take without the threat of further violence."
If a Domestic Violence Protection Order is breached the offender can face two months in prison or a fine of up to £5,000.
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