Wiltshire domestic abusers banned from home

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More than 160 people suspected of domestic violence have been temporarily banned from their homes in Wiltshire.

The Domestic Violence Protection Orders, which were introduced last year, can ban people before they are convicted of any crime.

They aim to stop alleged abusers from having contact with their victims.

Wiltshire Police have been given permission by the Home Office to extend the year-long trial, which initially ended in June.

'Explore options'

Det Insp Matt Stone said the force had applied to magistrates' courts for a total of 189 protection orders, which force alleged abusers to stay away from victims for between 14 and 28 days.

"This allows the victim time to consider how they want to progress and what legal options they want to explore to make the exclusions permanent," he said.

Meanwhile, in a separate trial, there have been 19 applications for information on a partner with a history of domestic violence.

In the last four months, the police force has given out details of two people as part of a trial dubbed Clare's Law, named after a woman who was murdered by a former partner she met on Facebook.

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