Our experienced and understanding experts are committed to helping the victims of domestic abuse. We can fully explain the immediate steps you can take to protect yourself and any children and longer term we can give you the support you need to move on. We can also support those who have had allegations of domestic abuse made against them. Our experts can explain what this means, the impact it might have on you and what steps you can take.
Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.
Domestic abuse occurs across society as a whole, regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, wealth or geography. Although statistically it mainly affects women, it also affects men although they are less likely to seek help. Children are also affected both directly and indirectly and in some circumstances can be protected by the use of injunction orders.
Depending on your particular circumstances there are a number of options available which are outlined below:
You can apply to the court for an injunction. An injunction is a court order that a named person should or should not do something. There are two basic types of injunction:
This is an order forbidding someone from being violent or threatening violence. It also usually covers other types of behaviour such as pestering, intimidating or harassing.
This is an order that regulates the occupation of the home, for example, it might provide for a party to leave the home or for the other party to occupy it exclusively. It might also provide for parties to occupy only certain parts of the home.
Due to the fact that injunction proceedings are highly sensitive they are heard by a judge in Chambers (as opposed to open court) and no one unconnected with your case will be allowed in. You can also ask for your address to be kept confidential to prevent the perpetrator from finding out where you live.
Depending on the particular circumstances of your case it may be appropriate to make an application to the court on the same day. This is called a without notice application. Normally however once your application has been issued at the court office and the other person has been served with the court documents you will need to return to the court in a few days for a further hearing.
If the order was made without you having notice it should contain a date for the next court hearing. If you deny the allegations you can attend the hearing to set out your position. You may wish to be legally represented at this hearing and therefore it is important to seek legal advice as soon as you receive the order.
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