The chief executive of Preston Domestic Violence Services has welcomed the introduction of Domestic Violence Protection Orders that come into force on Monday.
Valerie Wise, who heads the service at Oakham Court, said the court-issued orders, along with Domestic Violence Protection Notices, can mean victims of domestic violence will be able to think and reflect about the next course of action should their alleged attacker be released from custody, given a caution or unconditionally bailed.
Valerie said: “It takes the pressure off because they will have all sorts of mixed feelings about what will be happening.
“Sometimes it might be that the they haven’t themselves called the police but a neighbour or friend so it gives the victim time to speak to services like ours or make alternative living arrangements.”
The new legislation is being introduced following a successful pilot scheme by a number of forces across the country.
When somebody is issued with a DVPN, which is valid for 48 hours, it will prevent them from making contact with the victim and living at the same address as them throughout the period of the notice.
During the 48 hour period, the police will then apply to the court for a DVPO and can impose other restrictions for between 14 and 28 days.
If the order is breached, the person can be arrested and kept in custody to appear before the next available court.
Valerie said: “I really believe that it is a positive move to introduce these orders.
“I hope that when the notice is being issued they victims are offered the support and advice to talk through their options during the time their order is in place.
“We want to give the clear message that domestic violence is not to be tolerated.”
Contact Preston Domestic violence Service at vwww.pdvs.org.uk