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Courts issued 1,499 restraining orders in domestic violence cases in 2003, up 27.5 percent from the previous year.

The National Police Agency said Thursday that courts nationwide issued 1,075 orders forbidding abusive spouses from approaching their partners for six months, up 243 from a year earlier, and ordered five of those spouses to stay away from home for two weeks, up from four the previous year.

The courts ordered abusive spouses to stay away from partners and homes in 419 cases, up 79 from the previous year.

Police took action over 41 cases in which court orders were violated, the NPA said.

The law against domestic violence, enacted in 2001, allows district courts to issue restraining orders against abusive spouses.

The NPA said 12,568 cases of alleged domestic violence were filed with police nationwide last year.

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