Domestic violence suspects face ban from home

A year-long pilot scheme is to start next summer in the Greater Manchester, Wiltshire and West Mercia police areas, that will give the police new powers to ban people suspected of abusing a partner from their own homes for as much as four weeks.

The "go orders" can be issued even if there is not sufficient evidence to charge a suspect, with the police being able to issue an instant 24hr ban which can subsequently be extended to between 14 and 28 days by a court. The scheme has been developed after seeing similar versions operate successfully in Austria, Germany, Poland and Switzerland, and if it proves to work during the trial period it will be rolled out to the rest of England and Wales. It is not yet known if Northern Ireland and Scotland would also adopt the scheme.

Domestic violence in the UK has been described as an "enormous issue" by the lead of the domestic abuse for the Association of Chief Police officers, Carmel Napier. One in four women in the UK will experience domestic abuse at some point in their life according to British Crime Survey figures.

If you have experienced domestic abuse and want to receive legal advice about the options available to you contact Wilson Nesbitt solicitors in Belfast or Bangor by emailing .


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