Our client *Sarah was looking to obtain an NMO for protection against her former partner.
Sarah shared that she was the victim of domestic abuse, with several incidents and disturbing patterns of behaviour displayed by the respondent.
The relationship started in June 2010 and came to an end in November 2020. Sarah was able to document a series of harassing e-mails and text messages from the respondent, with the most recent incident occurring in December after the relationship had broken down.
Sarah stated that the respondent would repeatedly contact both herself and her family and friends to ask where she was.
Having worked with Sarah to gather a comprehensive witness statement and sufficient evidence before applying to the courts for an ex-parte NMO, our team represented her at a telephone hearing where the respondent wasn’t present.
Sarah explained that the harassment was ongoing, despite her clear assertions to the respondent that the relationship had come to an end. The judge presiding over the case ordered an NMO for a period of 12 months, which was served via papers to the respondent.
The respondent has since stopped harassing Sarah. He has been made aware of the consequences should any breach of the NMO agreement occur, which can include a sentence of up to five years in prison.
Sarah now feels safe and able to leave her house without fear of further harassment.
*Not actual name.