Wiltshire Police pilot scheme to tackle domestic abuse

Wiltshire Police is one of the first forces in the country to trial a new way of tackling domestic violence.

The 12-month scheme will see police able to legally ban a violent partner from their own home even if they are not charged with an offence.

Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Orders (DVPN/DVPO) will be issued to those who present a continuing threat of violence to their victim.

The pilot will be assessed by the Home Office.

Kim Swinden from Wiltshire domestic violence charity, Hometruths, thinks the trial will help domestic abuse victims.

She said: "From what I've seen of the orders and the expectations around them, it should help to buy the victims time to make choices and change - which is crucial to them being able to break free and get away from abuse."

Greater Manchester and West Mercia Police are also trialling the scheme.

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