LANCASHIRE Constabulary is offering more protection to victims of domestic abuse than ever before with the introduction of Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs).

As of Monday 28 July 2014, the court-issued orders along with Domestic Violence Protection Notices (DVPNs) will allow officers in Lancashire to act fast to protect victims following an incident.

Policecan issue a notice when an arrested person is released from custody and they are given a caution, unconditionally bailed or no further action is taken against them - it is active for 48 hours and prevents them from contacting the victim.

Detective Superintendent Sue Cawley, head of Lancashire Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit, said: “These new Protection Notices and Orders are a very welcome addition in our armoury in supporting victims and helping to keep them safe."