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
“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