Housing injunction issued

Homes for Northumberland (HfN) has obtained a housing injunction to protect a victim of domestic violence.

It will last for two years and prohibit the offender from contacting the victim or her family.

The injunction also defines the parameters of an exclusion zone, which he cannot enter.

Neither the victim or offender can be named.

It is HfN’s Alnwick Housing Team’s first housing injunction to protect a victim of domestic violence. The offender was said to be responsible for several threats of violence and intimidation, as well as property damage against a HfN tenant.

The injunction was granted at a court hearing last month.

Rachel Kennedy, a HfN anti-social behaviour intervention officer, said the victim showed real bravery in coming forward.

Colin Blackett, the area housing manager for HfN, who dealt with the case, said: “Our customers’ welfare is at the forefront of everything we do.

“We strive to provide them with strong and safe communities.

“While this is a terrible circumstance, it is a great reflection of the service and support we aim to provide all of our tenants.”

Any tenants facing similar difficulties are urged to contact the police or HfN on 01670 623502.

All matters will remain confidential.