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Where you are subjected to domestic abuse and/or violence or cruelty by your partner or spouse you can apply to the Court for protection. A Restrictive Order is a court order intended to protect you from:
- Further harm from someone who has hurt you
- To keep an abuser away from you
- To stop them harassing you
- To stop them using controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour towards you
- To keep the abuser from the places where you live and work or other specified areas, sometimes called exclusion zones.
They may take the form of Non-Molestation orders, Occupation Orders or Harassment Injunctions. If you are being subjected to violence, abuse or harrassment from anyone, we can help you to quickly have an Order put in place to protect you and your family.
Domestic violence can happen at all levels of society and in all relationships. It usually happens behind closed doors when nobody else is around. There are normally a large number of incidents before an abused party seeks help, either because of embarrassment, fear of the abuser, lack of knowledge, the fact that the abused person still cares for the abuser, fear they will not be believed or of being alone, or a combination of all or any of these.
Research dating back to the 1990's and beyond has shown that while a single incident of violence may be a one-off, as soon as there is more than one incident there is a pattern which will keep repeating itself. The violence is also likely to escalate over time, with there being a large number of relationships which have ended with the death of one of the parties.
The police used not to take domestic violence seriously, based upon a perception that the victim would usually withdraw the complaint before it came to court. Nowadays they accept that it needs to be society, not the individual, who is necessarily telling the abuser their conduct is not acceptable. This has led to an increase in prosecutions of abusive partners for assault. However, when the police do not take control you will need to obtain an injunction to protect you.
See our pages on the different types of order you can apply for, but if you would like to talk through your situation to decide what order is best for you, please call us now for a free no-obligation chat about your circumstances: