Home Minister Priti Patel recently commented that “Domestic abuse victims are allowed to leave home to seek help at refuges despite rules to stop coronavirus spreading. “
If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic abuse, several organisations can help, including National Centre For Domestic Violence, Women’s Aid, & Refuge. National Legal Service Solicitors are available to assist with the legal aspect of the case.
An injunction is a court order which prohibits contact between individuals and can involve removing someone from a home or apartment. The most common form of injunctions includes Non-Molestation Orders & Occupation Orders.
A non-molestation order prevents an abuser from using or threatening violence or making threats, sending abusive messages, or making repeated phone calls.
It is important to note that a non-molestation order can only be obtained by an ‘associated’ person including spouses, partners or those deemed to be in in a ‘significant’ relationship
In the event you feel unsafe and do not wish to continue living with your partner, it is advised to also secure an occupation order. An occupation order legalises who can live in the family home and can restrict a person from entering a certain area.
For more detailed information, read our blog on the injunctions process.
The above is a very brief outline of the type of injunctions and terms that you could apply for. Full details and options will be set out by one of our specialist family lawyers.
Head of Family, Kirsty Richards comments
The current Covid-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact all across the world and is causing a lot of anxiety for many. It is extremely concerning to think that amidst this already difficult time, the risk of domestic abuse will increase, and for that reason we have moved incredibly fast to ensure all our teams are able to work remotely and continue to secure whatever series of protective orders are required for our clients.
It is welcome guidance that it has been made clear for any victim of abuse that they are able to leave a family home to seek urgent refuge if required. We at National Legal Service Solicitors are ready to deal with any increase in referrals and will continue to deliver sensitive and high quality client care through such unprecedented times.
Domestic Abuse and injunction solicitors
With National Legal Service Solicitors you will have access to Family & Children Law accredited specialists across our network of 19 branch offices.
If you or your children have experienced domestic abuse, we can talk to you about your options and apply for an injunction.
We have helped more than 2,500 victims of domestic abuse across the country get the legal protection they need.