The new domestic violence protection orders can prevent suspected perpetrators of violence returning to the family home for 28 days.
The orders, which were trialled in Greater Manchester, West Mercia and Wiltshire over 15 months across 2011 and 2012, are issued by magistrates’ courts and will be available to police from March next year.
They allow police to intervene where they believe a person is at risk but there is not enough evidence to bring a charge.
Under the new powers, police will be able to take interim action through a domestic violence protection notice (DVPN), which they can issue themselves and prevent suspected perpetrators of domestic abuse returning to the home for 48 hours.
They then have to go to court to apply for a full order.
Police do not require the consent of the suspected victim in order to issue a notice, or apply for an order.
Home Secretary Theresa May said: “Tackling domestic abuse and violence is one of my key priorities.
“I am determined to see reductions on domestic violence and abuse and the government’s updated violence against women and girls action plan sets out our plan for achieving that.
“The government is committed to ensuring that the police and other agencies have the tools necessary to tackle domestic violence, to bring offenders to justice, and ensure victims have the support they need to rebuild their lives."
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