NEW ways to tackle domestic violence have been hailed by the Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer.

Protection notices and orders can now be handed to suspects by police which can exclude them from the family home and contacting the victim for up to 28 days without charges being brought.

Mr Dwyer said: "Survivors of domestic abuse formed part of my victim’s voice campaign and their views have been very useful in informing me about the services provided to them by the police when they take that brave step to come forwards and report the abuse from which they suffer.

"I am delighted that the Constabulary has risen to the challenge of implementing these orders which, I know will help give survivors the time and space they need.”

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