If you fear violence or are subject to violence or abuse, the court can and will protect you. For victims of domestic abuse (be it physical, verbal, or emotional harm) the court can make two types of order – “non-molestation” orders and “occupation” orders each giving you comprehensive legal protection. These orders are available whether you have been married to your ex-partner or not.
Non-molestation orders are designed to protect you from harassment and abuse. Normally, they will prevent your ex-partner from harassing you and threatening you with violence. Sometimes they will bar them from contacting you directly or from going near you.
An occupation order, often obtained in tandem with a non-molestation order, will help secure you in your family home. The order can secure your rights to live in the home (even if you are not the owner) and can prevent your partner or ex-partner from returning there. Alternatively, an order can be used to divide the family home in two, with each party having their own secure space.
Non-molestation orders are supported by criminal sanctions. Breaking one is a criminal offence, and your partner can be arrested immediately if they breach the terms, even if they have committed no other crime. Your local police will be notified that the order is in place and will help protect you if the order is broken. The court can also make these orders if your children are at risk of harm.
Vardags are sadly used to supporting people in these frightening circumstances. If you fear domestic violence, we can help you get these orders and advise you on to how to best protect yourself. We will advise you on the appropriate medical and psychological evidence put before the court and do all we can to build up the evidence in your case.
In addition to court orders, we can introduce you to providers of specialist security so that you can have peace of mind in your home and elsewhere.
If you feel at immediate risk of domestic violence, please contact the police straight away.