North Wales Police introduce new measures against domestic violence


Dean Jones

NORTH Wales Police have implemented new measures that give victims of domestic abuse more time to consider their options.

Following a successful pilot of the scheme, the use of the brand new Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Protection Orders began on Monday, June 30, and three DVPN’s have already been granted by Magistrates in the area.

Detective Superintendent Jo Ramessur-Williams, head of the North Wales Public Protection Unit, said: “This is really positive use of this new legislation. Previously we would have had very limited opportunities to take a pro-active stance.

“The provision of a notice, followed by a successful application for a court order will give the victim the necessary breathing space to consider their options and seek support.

"During this time we will work closely with other agencies and talk to the victim about what is best for them and what they want to do.”

The piece of legislation can be utilised if 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.

It is delivered by a notice that is authorised by the Superintendent telling the person involved of the restrictions that are being placed on them by the Police.

The restrictions last for up to 28 days and the notice normally comes into effect when an arrested person is released from custody and they are given a caution, unconditionally bailed or no further action is taken against them.

Winston Roddick, North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "I believe these new powers will improve safety and make it easier for victims to get the help and support they need, giving them added protection to help keep them safe.

"Crucially, the legislation has given powers to the police to act immediately to ban a suspected perpetrator from the victim's address for 48 hours and to do so without the consent of the victim.”

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