Protection for Hampshire crime victims

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NEW powers to help police protect victims of domestic violence are being used across Hampshire from today.

Officers can now apply for domestic violence protection notices and orders to prevent further violence between partners.

The notices can be used in the aftermath of incidents and can prevent someone from contacting their partner for 48 hours. Police can then get an order from a magistrates court to extend the same protection for between 14 and 28 days.

Superintendent Ben Snuggs said: ‘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 difficult to come forward to report it so it’s important that we take steps to protect them when they do.’