New police powers to crackdown on domestic violence

Daily Echo: New police powers to crackdown on domestic violence New police powers to crackdown on domestic violence

POLICE on a mission to crack down on domestic violence in Hampshire have been armed with new powers that they believe will save the lives of those most at risk.

From today Hampshire Police can use new civil powers that can help them protect the victims of domestic violence by forcing the abuser to stay away for up to 28 days.

Officers can apply for the Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Orders without the victim’s consent and without having to wait for cases to go through the courts.

So far a pilot in the western area of the force over the past month has seen officer use six notices and successfully applied for six orders.

These new notices can be used in the aftermath of certain domestic violence incidents and can prevent someone from contracting their partner for 48 hours.

If needed, police can then apply for an order from a magistrates court which can extent the same protection for between 14 and 28 days.

Superintendent Ben Snuggs, who is the constabulary’s lead on domestic abuse believes these new powers will help to save lives.

He said: “We’ve seen some really great results. For example, in situations that we’ve not been able to progress through the criminal courts because there’s not been sufficient evidence, we’ve still been able to do something positive to keep victims safe.

“And that’s what this scheme is about. It’s an additional power that in the right circumstances works to protect victims of crime.”

It comes just weeks after the force launched a major crackdown on domestic violence during the World Cup, after the last tournament saw cases soar.

The World Cup in 2010 saw reports of violence in the household rise by 27 per cent.

Officers are urging victims not to let their abusers get away with it, just because their team has lost.

As a result, for the first time this year domestic abuse workers will go with officers to any reported incidents, offering help and advice to victims.

Supt Snuggs added: “The new powers enable us and the courts to create valuable breathing space for victims. We know that those at risk of domestic violence often find it very difficult to report it so it’s important that we take steps to protect them when they do.

“The notices and orders give them that added assurance and take the responsibility for doing something away from the victim because, in the right circumstances, they can be imposed without the victim’s consent.”

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7:20am Mon 23 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

"These new notices can be used in the aftermath of certain domestic violence incidents and can prevent someone from contracting their partner for 48 hours."
Alleged domestic violence?
But what does the potential for injustice matter? After all most of the allegations will be against males who are, ipso facto, perpetrators, by females who are , ipso facto victims
At least there's openness about the police force's overriding objective.
"These new notices can be used in the aftermath of certain domestic violence incidents and can prevent someone from contracting their partner for 48 hours." Alleged domestic violence? But what does the potential for injustice matter? After all most of the allegations will be against males who are, ipso facto, perpetrators, by females who are , ipso facto victims At least there's openness about the police force's overriding objective. Dai Rear
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9:15am Mon 23 Jun 14

Donald2000 says...

Dai Rear wrote:
"These new notices can be used in the aftermath of certain domestic violence incidents and can prevent someone from contracting their partner for 48 hours."
Alleged domestic violence?
But what does the potential for injustice matter? After all most of the allegations will be against males who are, ipso facto, perpetrators, by females who are , ipso facto victims
At least there's openness about the police force's overriding objective.
Thank you for your set of generalisations but I think you will find that the police are well aware that the perpetrators of domestic violence can be women as well as men.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: "These new notices can be used in the aftermath of certain domestic violence incidents and can prevent someone from contracting their partner for 48 hours." Alleged domestic violence? But what does the potential for injustice matter? After all most of the allegations will be against males who are, ipso facto, perpetrators, by females who are , ipso facto victims At least there's openness about the police force's overriding objective.[/p][/quote]Thank you for your set of generalisations but I think you will find that the police are well aware that the perpetrators of domestic violence can be women as well as men. Donald2000
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9:26am Mon 23 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

Donald, I think we all know whose agenda it is here. It was quite right for the pendulum to swing back from what prevailed in the past but the balanced mid-view has long since disappeared.
Donald, I think we all know whose agenda it is here. It was quite right for the pendulum to swing back from what prevailed in the past but the balanced mid-view has long since disappeared. Dai Rear
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10:09am Mon 23 Jun 14

Facewagon says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Donald, I think we all know whose agenda it is here. It was quite right for the pendulum to swing back from what prevailed in the past but the balanced mid-view has long since disappeared.
Why don't you spell it out? I could do with a chuckle.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Donald, I think we all know whose agenda it is here. It was quite right for the pendulum to swing back from what prevailed in the past but the balanced mid-view has long since disappeared.[/p][/quote]Why don't you spell it out? I could do with a chuckle. Facewagon
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10:34am Mon 23 Jun 14

From the sidelines says...

So plod is to be judge, jury and executioner.

That's a nice governance model. So when a wife has an affair with a plod, it does happen, the cuckolded husband will see the results of this appalling set of powers.
So plod is to be judge, jury and executioner. That's a nice governance model. So when a wife has an affair with a plod, it does happen, the cuckolded husband will see the results of this appalling set of powers. From the sidelines
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4:17pm Mon 23 Jun 14

RomseyKeith says...

From the sidelines wrote:
So plod is to be judge, jury and executioner. That's a nice governance model. So when a wife has an affair with a plod, it does happen, the cuckolded husband will see the results of this appalling set of powers.
So, you reckon this is the first step to a world similar to that of Judge Dredd?
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: So plod is to be judge, jury and executioner. That's a nice governance model. So when a wife has an affair with a plod, it does happen, the cuckolded husband will see the results of this appalling set of powers.[/p][/quote]So, you reckon this is the first step to a world similar to that of Judge Dredd? RomseyKeith
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4:24pm Mon 23 Jun 14

RomseyKeith says...

Domestic violence is appalling. A lot of it goes on, and the men who suffer at the hands of it are often to ashamed to speak out. In addition they often feel they won't be believed either.
I hope for a reduction. A friend of mine keeps going from one abusive partner to another. The reason? She likes the bad boys. But unfortunately, they're bad because they devalue others over their own selfish needs, and when you devalue one, you devalue others. Drugs and drink have also played a part. Yet, she still keeps going for the same kind of guy. We try and help her as best we can, but she seems stuck in an ongoing cycle and we fear that sometime soon we may lose her to that one punch too hard...
She doesn't value herself or respect herself enough to make the change for the better. She hears words like "chav" or "scum" because of the way she dresses, and where she lives.
A huge culture change is needed. I hope this goes someway towards helping in the interim though.
Domestic violence is appalling. A lot of it goes on, and the men who suffer at the hands of it are often to ashamed to speak out. In addition they often feel they won't be believed either. I hope for a reduction. A friend of mine keeps going from one abusive partner to another. The reason? She likes the bad boys. But unfortunately, they're bad because they devalue others over their own selfish needs, and when you devalue one, you devalue others. Drugs and drink have also played a part. Yet, she still keeps going for the same kind of guy. We try and help her as best we can, but she seems stuck in an ongoing cycle and we fear that sometime soon we may lose her to that one punch too hard... She doesn't value herself or respect herself enough to make the change for the better. She hears words like "chav" or "scum" because of the way she dresses, and where she lives. A huge culture change is needed. I hope this goes someway towards helping in the interim though. RomseyKeith
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