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Man jailed for breaching domestic violence protection order

Seven week sentence for Stevenage perpetrator

A 32-year-old man from Stevenage has been jailed for seven weeks for breaching a domestic violence protection order (DVPO).

DVPOs were introduced in June this year to enable police and magistrates' courts to provide protection to victims in the immediate aftermath of a domestic violence incident. DVPOs can be used to provide immediate protection to a victim where there is not enough evidence to charge an alleged perpetrator and provide protection to victims via bail conditions. A DVPO can last for up to 28 days, during which time the perpetrator can be prevented from having contact with the victim.

The Stevenage Advertiser quotes Detective Chief Inspector Clare Smith of the harm reduction unit based at Hatfield Police Station, who said:

"This is a very useful new piece of legislation which gives us the power to protect victims of domestic abuse even when they are reluctant or too scared to come forward as a victim.

"It gives everyone breathing space to consider their options and enables us to offer them the most appropriate support for the future.

"Domestic abuse cases are rarely straightforward and, even though victims call us for support, they often don't want to press charges.

"We welcome this prison sentence which is a good example of how these new powers can be used to prevent serious offences and protect victims from repeat offending."

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