Domestic Violence: What Can be Done to Prevent It?
Wednesday 25 November marked White Ribbon Day. The White Ribbon campaign is championed by men who pledge to do what they can to prevent and stop violence against women. It is important to remember, however, that domestic violence is not only perpetrated by men against women, and that very often, the situation is the other way round.
But what can be done to help anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse?
Our Family Team can assist in obtaining two types of order against the perpetrator, known as a ‘non molestation order’ and an ‘occupation order’. Assistance should also be sought from the police as soon as possible after a violent incident has occurred.
A non-molestation order is an order to prevent someone from molesting another. Molestation is not limited to physical violence, and can include verbal and emotional abuse and harassing behaviour, such as pestering by text message. The breach of a non-molestation order is a criminal offence, which means that the perpetrator can be arrested and be fined or imprisoned (or both).
An occupation order can prevent a perpetrator from living in the family home, or provide that he or she must not enter certain parts of it, such as the other person’s bedroom. It can even prevent a person from being within a certain distance of a property. The breach of an occupation order is a criminal offence if the court has also put a ‘power of arrest’ in place.
For more information, please contact Karen Pritchard or another member of our Family Team on 01279 755777.