Specialist teams secure rare court order in continued drive to tackle domestic abuse
Crime / Mon 27th Nov 2023 at 08:01am
SPECIALIST detectives who work to tackle domestic abuse have secured a rare court order as they continue to target serial domestic offenders.
An interim Violent Offender Order (VOO) was handed down by a District Judge at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Friday 24 November.
VOOs are civil orders designed to help protect individuals and the wider public from offenders who continue violent offending behaviour after leaving prison for a relevant offence, and those still posing a risk of serious violent harm. If breached, this could result in a term of imprisonment up to five years.
The orders are used specifically for those who have been released from prison, and are no longer on licence, or under a hospital or supervision order.
In this case, the offender had previously been convicted of causing horrific GBH injuries in an incident of domestic abuse, and having served part of his prison term he then breached his licence conditions and was returned to prison. He is managed by multi agency public protection agreement (MAPPA) at the highest level and is considered to pose a very high risk of harm to the public.
The interim order will remain in place until the defendant’s next court hearing where a full VOO will be sought.
Due to the high threshold that must be met for a VOO to be granted and the number of measures in place before one can be applied for, only a small number of VOOs have been made by courts in England and Wales since their introduction in 2009. This is the second order of its kind in Essex in 14 years.
Detective Chief Inspector Nathan Hutchinson said: “This offender has already proved they may offend again when released from prison.
“This kind of repeated violent crime, and targeting of the same victim, can have an immeasurable impact on someone’s life. We take the threat this offender poses very seriously, and will not hesitate to make sure they return to prison if they violate this order.
“This VOO was the result of exemplary work by our North Domestic Abuse Problem Solving Team (DAPST), supported by officers in our Crime and Public Protection Police Order Enforcement Team (POET) and our legal department.
“This order was agreed a day before White Ribbon Day – this order and all the work of the officers involved is just the latest in our commitment to preventing violence against women and girls in our county.”
White Ribbon Day, today, Saturday 25 November, is a global campaign that encourages people, especially men and boys, to take action and change the behaviour and culture that leads to abuse and violence, both individually and collectively.
Our chief officers and other senior leaders are supporting this year’s White Ribbon Day by making their own pledges to continue to tackle and reduce violence against women – something that remains a top priority for the force.
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