Options for escaping from domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is wide spread and happens to people from all different backgrounds and in every variety of situation. At the moment there are three main legal actions that can be taken for the protection of domestic abuse sufferers, depending on the situation and the severity of the abuse.

Domestic abuse is a life threatening situation and victims can be partners, ex-partners and children. If you are in a domestic abuse situation then it is vital that you seek help from an experienced family lawyer in order to protect yourself and your children in both the short and long term.

Non-molestation orders

A non-molestation order prevents the perpetrator from contacting, harassing and pestering you and your children either directly or through a third party. The court can impose a huge variety of different restraints on a person in this situation that can protect a victim of domestic abuse. Breaking a non-molestation order can land someone in prison for 5 years.

Non-molestation orders can be issues immediately if there is an urgent need for protection.

Occupation orders

Occupation orders can prevent someone from residing in a property or in a part of a property. There are various different factors that influence whether or not an occupation order is suitable in a certain situation.

Occupation orders are a short term solution to a situation, as they only apply for a maximum of 6 months. However, they can be issued immediately without the perpetrator coming to court, giving the victim and children immediate protection.

Transfer of tenancy

If you have a joint tenancy with your abuser then with the permission of the landlord the abuser can be removed from the tenancy agreement with a court order. This will prevent the abuser from residing in the property.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse then it is vital that you take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your children from the abuser. Talk to an experienced family lawyer who can advise you on the actions that are needed and give you realistic expectations on time scales and outcomes.

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