Following a referral from the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV), *Emma came to us for assistance obtaining an order against her former partner.
Emma met her former partner while on a visa in the UK and they went on to build a relationship that lasted two and a half years. Emma also has a vulnerable young child.
Over the course of the relationship, Emma was subjected to severe domestic abuse. She described this as a combination of physical, emotional and verbal abuse. As a result, she lived in constant fear. She wanted to seek help but did not leave as she feared what her partner may have done as a consequence.
When Emma later fell pregnant, the abuse worsened. Her children also suffered abuse during this period.
In December 2020, Emma reached out to NCDV, who referred Emma to National Legal Service. An emergency non-molestation application was submitted on her behalf. The court granted the non-molestation order, which means her ex-partner can no longer contact her, and she and her children no longer need to live in fear of their abuser.
Emma can now move forward with her life and is determined not to let the experience define her as a victim of domestic abuse.
*Not actual name.