Hereford & Worcester

West Mercia Police in new tackling domestic abuse trial

West Mercia Police is piloting a new scheme to tackle domestic violence.

The 12-month trial starting in south Worcestershire will enable police to legally ban a violent partner from their own home even if they are not charged with an offence.

The scheme involves working closely with domestic abuse forums, Victim Support and Women's Aid.

Last year 2,925 victims of domestic violence were referred to the charity Women's Aid in West Mercia.

Victim support divisional manager for West Mercia Chris Norfolk said: "This new partnership will mean that victims will be able to get help and support from an early stage so that they can make informed choices to help stop the abuse."

'Only option'

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

Det Sgt Sharon Avery, who is co-ordinating the pilot project nationally and for West Mercia Police, said: "In the immediate aftermath of a domestic violence incident often the only option available for the victim and their children is for them to leave the family home.

"This new pilot seeks to redress the balance by placing the requirement to leave the home on the person using the violence rather than the victims of that violence."

The pilot will be assessed by the Home Office and Greater Manchester and Wiltshire Police are also trialling the scheme.

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