Parliament passed the Police Powers and Duties Act (PPDA) which specifically mandates the Police to respond to issues concerning domestic violence. Section 40 of the PPDA makes domestic violence a criminal offence. Section 42 of the PPDA further stipulates that a Police Officer may make a Police Order if the Police Officer has a reasonable belief that a person has committed an act of domestic violence and is likely again to commit such an act or a child has been exposed to an act of domestic violence committed by or against the person with whom the child is in a domestic relationship and the child is likely again to be exposed to such an act. The officer may also have reasonable fears that a person will commit against him or her an act of domestic violence or a child will be exposed to an act of domestic violence committed by or against a person with whom the child is in a domestic relationship and reasonably believes that making an order is necessary to ensure the safety of a person.
Article 32 deals with domestic violence by providing a definition of domestic violence and violence.
Division 2.9.3 of Part 2 of the Police Powers and Duties Act (2009) entitled "Domestic Violence" (Articles 40-51) stipulates that police officers have the power to issue a Police Order provided conditions contained in Article 43 are fullfilled. Article 50 does not create a domestic violence offense but provides for an offense where the perpetrator breaches the terms and conditions of a Police Order.
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