4.10 AM Friday 09 October 2015

National Centre for Domestic Violence is welcomed in Dorset

Dorset Police welcomes the launch of the Dorset branch of the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) – which is taking place on Monday 20 August 2007.

The centre opens officially to the public on Tuesday 21 August and specialises in helping people who suffer from domestic abuse to obtain orders (injunctions) from court, to protect them from further abuse.

NCDV is a registered charity that provides a service to all people who suffer from domestic abuse, completely free of charge.

The charity offers advice and support to victims regardless of age, race, gender, sexuality or financial circumstances and they aim to get cases to court within 24 hours or on the first working day after initial contact.

Inspector Ben Hargreaves, of the Dorset Police Public Protection Unit, said, “We are committed to making Dorset a safer place for everyone and so are very pleased that the National Centre for Domestic Violence is opening a branch in Dorset.

“We are very much focused on protecting people who suffer from domestic abuse and working with the NCDV means that – along with our partners – we will be able to provide an even more supportive service.

“Dorset Police seek to take positive action in all cases of domestic abuse and designated staff will be working closely with the NCDV.”

The launch of the NCDV in Dorset comes after the implementation of the new Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act. This new Act means that as of 1 July 2007, the breach of an order (an injunction) will become a criminal offence and can result in five years imprisonment.

For general enquiries or to report a non-urgent crime, call Dorset Police on 01202 or 01305 22 22 22. Only dial 999 if life is in danger or a crime is in progress.