VICTIMS of domestic abuse in Lancashire are set to receive more protection than ever before.

It comes as Lancashire Police welcomed new legislation being piloted in the region allowing officers to act quickly to support those abused by their partners.

Det Supt Sue Cawley, head of the public protection unit, said the domestic violence protection notices and court issued protection orders were a welcome addition to the police’s tools for helping victims.

She said: “The provision of a notice, followed by a successful application for a court order, will allow victims a respite period where they will have the opportunity to work with professionals and review their options for their future.”

The legislation can be used when a domestic incident happens and violence has been used or threatened by an adult and the level of violence causes an officer to fear for the on-going safety of the victim.

Police will consider issuing a notice when an arrested person is released from custody and is given a caution, unconditionally bailed or no further action is taken against them.

When somebody is issued with a DVPN, which is valid for 48 hours, it will prevent them from making contact with the victim and living at the same address as them throughout the period of the notice.

During the 48 hour period, the police will then apply to the court for a DVPO and can impose other restrictions for between 14 and 28 days. If the order is breached, the person can be arrested and kept in custody to appear before the next available court.

Det Supt Cawley added: “Feedback from the national pilot schemes have shown numerous benefits to victims. Victims are able to live without fear, as well as re-contacting family members who they had lost contact with due to their abusive relationship.

“By introducing these orders we hope to send a clear message that we will not tolerate domestic abuse and that by supporting victims and working with our partners we will make Lancashire a safer place.”