Domestic abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual or financial. Abuse can be a repeated action or a single event.

Where any form of abuse has taken place and an application is made to the Court, the Court has the power to grant an injunction ordering the perpetrator to:-

  1. Refrain from any act of violence, threat or behaviour towards you and/or your child(ren) which is considered harassing, intimidating or threatening; and/or
  2. Leave a particular address to allow for your peaceful occupation; and/or
  3. Prevent their return to a particular address which can also include a specific area.

It might be sufficient to send the perpetrator a warning letter about their behaviour advising that it is unacceptable and that any further abuse may result in an application to the Court.

In an emergency, orders can be obtained very quickly and without the perpetrator being made aware at the application stage.

A breach of an injunction can be an arrestable offence and can be punishable by imprisonment and/or a fine.

If you fear for your safety or your child(ren)’s safety at any time you should call 999.

If you have been accused of abusive behaviour unfairly or maliciously, if unchallenged, that could have a detrimental effect on you and your reputation you should seek legal advice immediately.

You may be entitled to Legal Aid to assist you to apply for or defend an application for an injunction. We are not able to offer Legal Aid. If you do not wish to apply for Legal Aid or are not eligible, we can offer a family solicitor who specialises in this specific area of law, to provide support, advice and full representation throughout the Court process.

Contact our Family Law Solicitors

We offer a free no obligation initial consultation. Taking legal advice at an early stage can often avoid pitfalls and can enable you to resolve matters sooner. Do not hesitate to contact a member of our Family & Relationships team from our offices in AndoverRomseySalisbury or Witney. Get in touch with the team through our Contact Form, emailing moc.n1713930134ellub1713930134rekra1713930134p@ofn1713930134i1713930134 or calling your local office on one of the telephone numbers below:

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