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    New measures aimed at suspected wife-beaters

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    Suspected wife-beaters could be banned from their homes for up to four weeks even if there is insufficient evidence for them to be charged under plans unveiled by Home Secretary Theresa May earlier.


    The "go orders" will enable police to step in and ban suspected attackers from the victim's home even if they are too afraid of taking action themselves or if no criminal proceedings are possible.


    The year-long pilot scheme, which will start next summer in Greater Manchester, Wiltshire and West Mercia, comes as the Government prepares to publish its plans to crack down on violence against women and girls.


    Police will be able to prevent alleged abusers from having contact with the victim, or returning to the victim's home, for 48 hours.


    A court will then be able to extend the domestic violence protection order, known as go orders, for a longer period, usually between 14 and 28 days.


    Figures from the British Crime Survey showed more than one in four women in the UK will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, with one million women experiencing at least one incident of domestic violence every year and one in 20 becoming a victim of stalking.