Take a second to consider the government definition of domestic abuse below…
any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:
- Psychological abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial abuse
- Emotional abuse
Non-molestation order – this is an order to prevent somebody from doing something i.e. being violent towards you, intimidating you, threatening you. In order to obtain this order the person you are seeking it against must be an associated person under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996.
Occupation order – this is an order for somebody to leave a property and to not return. These orders are seen as draconian by the Court and are only made in exceptional circumstances once the Court have considered the balance of harm test.