A WHITEHAVEN man has been banned from contacting a woman for 28 days after magistrates approved a domestic violence protection order.

Simon Head-Tomlinson, 38, whose current address was not revealed to the court, was not at Workington Magistrates Court when the order was approved.

Police apply for such orders when they believe they are necessary to protect a person from violence or the threat of violence.

The court record states that magistrates believed the defendant had been violent towards the person named as the beneficiary of the order, a female.

The terms of the order specify that Head-Tomlinson must immediately leave the address in Tomlin Avenue, Whitehaven, where he was living.

He is now prohibited from using or threatening violence towards the name female, or encouraging any other person to intimidate, harass or pester her.

Nor can he have any contact with that person for the next 28 days.

The domestic violence protection order (DVPO) specifically states that Head-Tomlinson must not go within 100 metres of the property in Tomlin Avenue, Whitehaven, during that period.

Breaching a DVPO is a criminal offence that can lead to a jail term.