A 44-year-old man has this week become the first person in Surrey to be jailed for breaching a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO).
Sean Emmett, previously of Addlestone, was sentenced to four weeks in prison after pleading guilty to breaching his order during a hearing at Guildford Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 28 October.
The DVPO was originally imposed at South East Surrey Magistrates Court (Redhill) on Friday, 3 October.
Detective Chief Inspector Bex Smith, from Surrey Police’s Public Protection Team, said: “A custodial sentence of four weeks shows how seriously the courts take breaches of this kind. Surrey Police will continue to use our powers to apply for DVPOs at magistrates courts and enforce them rigorously as they are a vital tool in ensuring the safety of victims of domestic abuse.
“The Force and our partners are working hard to encourage reporting of domestic abuse and ensure that we put the needs of victims at the heart of the investigative process.
“Surrey Police is also investing more resources to tackle domestic abuse and have a number of specially trained officers who will thoroughly and sensitively investigate reported incidents.”
Domestic Violence Protection Notices (DVPNs) and Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs) were launched in June this year to give police additional permanent powers to prevent domestic violence.
The protection notices ban anyone suspected of committing a domestic violence offence from returning to their victim’s home address and from having contact with the victim for 48 hours.
The aim of the notices is to allow the victim to have the required time and space away from the offender to make positive decisions regarding further action and is part of Surrey Police’s commitment to providing the highest quality victim care.
During the 48-hour period when the notice is in place Surrey Police will seek to obtain a DVPO from a magistrates court to extend the ban for a further 28 days, giving the victim an extended period of time to consider their options and seek help from a range of support services.
Anyone who suspects their friend or family member is experiencing domestic abuse, is being encouraged to call the yourSanctuary 24 hour domestic abuse Surrey helpline on 01483 776822 or visit http://www.surreyagainstda.info/ to get advice. Alternatively if the abuse has become serious it should be reported to the police by calling 101, (online http://www.surrey.police.uk/) or through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, (online http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/). In an emergency always dial 999.