STAFFORDSHIRE Police has applied for eight Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPO) since they were introduced to protect victims of domestic abuse at the end of June.
Domestic Violence Protection Notices (DVPNs) and court-issued DVPOs allow officers to act fast to protect victims following an incident.
The new powers mean police officers do not need to rely on third parties to progress a case and can offer victims protection from abuse or the threat of violence.
The legislation can be considered for use if violence has been used or threatened by someone over 18 and the level of violence causes the attending police officer to fear for the ongoing safety of the victim.
Jav Oomer, of the force's public protection safeguarding department, said: "This is a useful new piece of legislation which gives us the power to protect victims."