If you fear violence or are subject to violence, the court can and will protect you. For victims of domestic abuse (be it physical, verbal or emotional harm) the court can make non-molestation orders and occupation orders each giving you comprehensive legal protection.
Non-molestation orders (“non-mols”) are designed to protect your from harassment. Normally, they will prevent your ex-partner from harassing you and threatening you with violence. Sometimes they will bar them from contacting you directly and 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 spouse 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-mols are backed by criminal law. Breaking one is a criminal offence, and your partner can be arrested immediately if they break 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.
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.
Even if your partner is not violent, they might threaten to “kick you out” or to change the locks on your family home. Even if they are the sole owner, they cannot do this. Under the law, you have home rights which stop them from being able to exclude you, from selling the property from under you, or from kicking you out.
As experienced family lawyers, Vardags are used to helping people register and protect their home rights and will help you to continue living in your family home.