Domestic violence

Domestic violence

Domestic violence is abusive behaviour by one partner against the other in a relationship.

It can occur in a marriage, civil partnership or a cohabiting relationship.

What is classed as domestic violence?

Domestic violence often involves a physical attack, but it can also be causing psychological, emotional or sexual harm.

Its impact cannot be underestimated.

What can you do?

The law can help protect you in the short and longer term.

We are highly experienced in this area and understand the need to address the issue quickly and sensitively. We can help by arranging an injunction to prevent any further abuse and exclude the perpetrator from your home, giving you valuable breathing space to recover and make decisions about your future.

There are two types of injunction we can arrange to protect you:

  • a non-molestation order – used to prevent the threat or use of violence, intimidation, harassment or pestering. It can also prohibit specific behaviour. The court will take into account all of your circumstances, including the need to secure the health, safety and well-being of any children.
  • occupation order – this can be obtained when significant harm to you or your children is likely. It can include a requirement that your partner/spouse leave the home and exclude them from the surrounding area. Orders are usually made for a six month period, but can be extended.

If you are in immediate danger, you can apply for an order on an emergency basis, without giving notice to your partner or spouse. Non –molestation orders and, in some cases, occupation orders can be granted urgently, on the same day the application is issued.

The police may be able to arrest your partner/spouse should they breach the order, which means they could be sent to prison.

Applications can be made for either non-molestation or occupation orders without the need for divorce proceedings to have been issued.

We can help

If you are suffering from domestic abuse and need legal help contact us today on 0800 840 4929.

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