New laws being used in Essex to protect victims of domestic violence

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EVERY day in Essex a victim of domestic violence is being kept safe due to new legislation.

In the past eight weeks the force has used domestic violence prevention orders 54 times.

The orders are designed to keep an alleged perpetrator away from a victim following an incident when there is not enough evidence to charge with an offence.

It gives the victims time to think and two to four weeks away from an allegedly violent partner to decide what to do.

The orders give some protection in cases where otherwise the likely outcome is no further action being taken.

The orders have to be agreed by a senior officer and then approved by a magistrate within 48 hours.

All 54 have been approved.

Adam Hunt, head of legal services at Essex Police, said: “We have set up a new legal team to handle all of these cases and it is testament to their expertise and knowledge every single application we have taken to court has been approved.

“"We will continue to put together the best possible case in support of our officers who are making use of this new legislation to protect vulnerable women and men.”

Det Insp Nick Burston, from the Essex Police protection unit, said: “A DVPO can bridge the gap in providing immediate emergency protection to a victim where there is a risk of violence.

"If someone breaches a notice they can be subject to immediate arrest and can then be remanded in custody to appear before a court for a full order to be considered.

"A breach of an order can lead to a maximum fine of £5,000 or a two month prison sentence.”

Three people have been fined and one sent to prison out of the 54 given DVPOs in Essex.

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7:55pm Tue 29 Jul 14

emcee says...

Quote: "The orders are designed to keep an alleged perpetrator away from a victim following an incident when there is not enough evidence to charge with an offence."
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How can there be a perpetrator and a victim without enough evidence for there to be an offence committed?
Sounds like an ideal situation where one party can accuse another of violence or abuse just because they can, regardles of whether the "alleged" perpetrator in innocent, and without any forfeit to the accuser should that, indeed, be the case.
I am sure innocent until proven guilty is still the basis in English law, or am I mistaken?
Quote: "The orders are designed to keep an alleged perpetrator away from a victim following an incident when there is not enough evidence to charge with an offence." - How can there be a perpetrator and a victim without enough evidence for there to be an offence committed? Sounds like an ideal situation where one party can accuse another of violence or abuse just because they can, regardles of whether the "alleged" perpetrator in innocent, and without any forfeit to the accuser should that, indeed, be the case. I am sure innocent until proven guilty is still the basis in English law, or am I mistaken? emcee
  • Score: 2

11:28pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Boris says...

There must be plenty of cases where the case against someone is convincing, but not strong enough to achieve a conviction is a court of law.
If these orders help to reduce domestic violence, they must be a good thing. Time will tell.
There must be plenty of cases where the case against someone is convincing, but not strong enough to achieve a conviction is a court of law. If these orders help to reduce domestic violence, they must be a good thing. Time will tell. Boris
  • Score: 2

8:57am Wed 30 Jul 14

Over G says...

Husbands will always argue with wives, wives will argue with husbands.
Tempestuousness is always there in a relationship where s*x is involved, it is all part of the annals of human nature. No amount of an Apolitically Correct Nanny State isms will, get away from this factor. This continual Emasculation of the Male in today's society is now changing the balance of a harmonious society, whereby are whole being is falling out of Equilibrium. I agree the days of Neanderthal Man dragging his betrothed through a bush and lighting fires around his domain, to stop his chosen one going astray, is not the ideal environment or philosophy, However there is something missing in Men today, with this over grooming, poncey hairstyles desire, which is turning Male masculinity into a Feminine representation. Girls are now turning into Men and taking over the male role. It wont be long before they are growing beards. All couples argue and have physical conflict in some ways. I know of couples who put on an front with their neighbours, then they go a way for the weekend to a hotel or cottage and release the tensions. Its a question of parameters and how to assess them with this law. You don't get a healthy relationship by wearing white gloves when your making love I am afraid, there has always been the arguing and then the making up its an endorphin and hormonal equation. I could go on?
Husbands will always argue with wives, wives will argue with husbands. Tempestuousness is always there in a relationship where s*x is involved, it is all part of the annals of human nature. No amount of an Apolitically Correct Nanny State isms will, get away from this factor. This continual Emasculation of the Male in today's society is now changing the balance of a harmonious society, whereby are whole being is falling out of Equilibrium. I agree the days of Neanderthal Man dragging his betrothed through a bush and lighting fires around his domain, to stop his chosen one going astray, is not the ideal environment or philosophy, However there is something missing in Men today, with this over grooming, poncey hairstyles desire, which is turning Male masculinity into a Feminine representation. Girls are now turning into Men and taking over the male role. It wont be long before they are growing beards. All couples argue and have physical conflict in some ways. I know of couples who put on an front with their neighbours, then they go a way for the weekend to a hotel or cottage and release the tensions. Its a question of parameters and how to assess them with this law. You don't get a healthy relationship by wearing white gloves when your making love I am afraid, there has always been the arguing and then the making up its an endorphin and hormonal equation. I could go on? Over G
  • Score: -4

9:20am Wed 30 Jul 14

Jess Jephcott says...

You have gone on enough Over G. Interesting use of capital letters too. But the bottom line to all this is that some men are quite happy to use violence on women and women have two choices. Either put up with it or do something about it. Women must have somewhere that they can go for help and the law must be in place to punish these horrible men. The laws are already in place but, are the services in place to protect these women and, often. their children?
You have gone on enough Over G. Interesting use of capital letters too. But the bottom line to all this is that some men are quite happy to use violence on women and women have two choices. Either put up with it or do something about it. Women must have somewhere that they can go for help and the law must be in place to punish these horrible men. The laws are already in place but, are the services in place to protect these women and, often. their children? Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 4

10:16pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Navajo wife says...

I do like our laws. A dom vio call can be very dangerous to the responding officers. But, if one party has one mark,.bruise, etc. then the other party is arrested,if both parties have a mark.or bruise then BOTH are arrested.They go to jail and the next day go before a judge who decides what to do with them
I do like our laws. A dom vio call can be very dangerous to the responding officers. But, if one party has one mark,.bruise, etc. then the other party is arrested,if both parties have a mark.or bruise then BOTH are arrested.They go to jail and the next day go before a judge who decides what to do with them Navajo wife
  • Score: 0

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