Northampton police issue first Domestic Violence Protection Order

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Police in Northampton have activated the county’s first Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO).

An 18-year-old victim of domestic abuse has been given the protection of a DVPO after being involved in a violent incident. The circumstances passed the threshold required for officers to be able to make an application to the court.

The DVPO was issued by magistrates last Friday, without the support of the victim.

The offender, also 18 and from Northampton, has been prevented from returning to the victim’s residence or having contact with her for 28 days, the maximum period.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Lingley, Head of Public Protection, said: “The DVPO was issued after careful scrutiny of the circumstances.

“It will give the victim protection and breathing space, and time to seek advice and support.

“This is one of the first DVPOs to be issued in the whole country and provides strong evidence that we are proactive and seeking everyone’s support to reduce violent crime in this county.”

Northamptonshire Police launched Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs) last month. They give police new powers to safeguard victims in the immediate aftermath of an incident of domestic abuse.