The courts are able to offer protection from domestic violence. Where there is abuse and intimidation which is repeated or habitual and intended to control a partner within an intimate or family relationship, help is available. The abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual. Anyone forced to alter their behaviour because they are frightened of their partner’s reaction is being abused and can obtain protection.
The protection available will include domestic violence protection notices and orders or non-molestation injunctions from the family court. An occupation order can also be made, where it appears that a violent or abusive partner should be excluded from the home.
This law guide explains the procedure and who may apply to a court for protection from domestic violence. As with other law guides, additional help is available if required.