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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is defined as a pattern of forceful behaviour by one member of a family or household or relationship to another to establish and maintain power and control. The victims can be women or men, married or unmarried, people who are living together, same sex partners, parents being abused by children, or children themselves. The violence can take a variety of forms from physical abuse to psychological abuse, or the threat of either.

The Court can make a variety of orders to prevent this type of abuse, including:-

  • Protection Orders
  • Safety Orders
  • Interim Barring Orders
  • Barring Orders


If you are living in a violent or other abusive relationship, and you don’t feel that leaving home is an option for you, then you can use the law to keep your partner away. But you should know from the start that it’s not a straightforward or foolproof process.

  1. You can seek to get a safety order to prohibit your partner from acts or threats of violence and other intimidating behaviour, or you can seek a barring order, which does the same thing but also prevents your partner from entering the family home.
  2. Neither can be granted without a full court hearing where your partner can oppose your case, but the judge can grant an interim barring order or a protection order until that final hearing takes place, if the Judge believes it is necessary. The experience of domestic violence support services is that the most dangerous time for an abused woman is when her abuser finds out she’s planning to escape him. Its essential therefore that if you are considering this type of application, that you seek some form of temporary protective order, or that you have some other form of protection in place.

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