Sussex Police will be able to call on a powerful one-two to tackled domestic violence during the World Cup.

The force are to use new powers to give extra protection for victims of domestic abuse following a successful pilot of the scheme in three other force areas.

The new Domestic Violence Protection Orders can prevent domestic abuse attackers from having any contact with their victims for up to 28 days.

The new powers will come into force from today as the 2014 World Cup kicks-off.

Sussex Police are also mounting special dedicated domestic abuse patrols on England match nights this Saturday, Thursday June 19 and Tuesday June 24.

The force said the powers also complemented Clare's Law which was introduced in Sussex in March this year, which gives people the right to ask about an individual they are in a relationship with, or who is in a relationship with someone they know, if they have a concern that the partner may be violent or abusive.

Detective Superintendent Paul Furnell said: "These protection notices and orders will give police new civil powers, allowing us to put in place protection for the victim in the immediate aftermath of a domestic violence incident.

“They can be used where the perpetrator is cautioned, bailed without conditions but also where no further action is otherwise taken.

"They can bridge the gap in providing immediate emergency protection to the victim where there is an on-going risk of violence."


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