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Wife-beater clampdown; COURTS.

COURTS are to get greater powers to slap restraining orders on violent husbands.

From next month, abusers could find themselves hit with a court injunction.

And judges will be able to impose an order even if the defendant is acquitted.

Only those convicted of harassment or putting someone in fear of violence can currently be hit with an order, unless victims take a separate civil action.

Home Office minister Lord West said: "The powers will help victims in need of immediate protection."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 21, 2009
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