An estimated 2.4 million adults aged 16 to 74 years experienced domestic abuse or domestic violence in the last year. Many people believe that the police are the only authority that are able to offer protection from such abuse. However, in certain circumstances the family court also have the power to grant protective Orders, more commonly known as injunctions, to prevent perpetrators of domestic violence from contacting or abusing the victim further.
Breach of such orders is a criminal offence, meaning that the perpetrator can be immediately arrested if they were to breach the Order.
There are two types of injunctions that the family court can order under the Family Law Act 1996:
- A non-molestation order – this can prohibit your partner, former partner or associated person from being violent or threatening violence to you or any children. It can also prohibit that person from contacting you directly or indirectly and/or prohibit them from coming within 100 metres of any property where you might be living.
- An occupation order – this allows the court to decide who should live, or not live, in the family home. It can exclude a person from the family home and/or the area surrounding the home. An occupation order can also grant you permission to return to the home even after you have fled the house due to the abuse.
If you find yourself in a position where you think you need an injunction, our experienced family team will be on hand to help you make that application and represent you at court hearings. Equally, if you find out that somebody has applied for an injunction against you, we can advise you on your options and represent you throughout the proceedings.
Why use Rotheras for Injunctions?
We can apply for an injunction on an urgent basis to ensure your protection as soon as possible. If we feel it is appropriate, we are able to make an application to court to seek an ex-parte (without notice) Order without your abuser even knowing. This can then protect you until the court can decide to grant an injunction in the longer term.
Our team are skilled advocates who are able to represent you throughout the court hearings as well as preparing the application and statements, ensuring you get the continuity and support you need.
We have strong relationships with the likes of Women’s Aid and men’s support services and work with these organisations to ensure you receive the appropriate support.
We are able to advise on any children matters that may arise as a result of the injunction application to ensure that your children are also protected.
Our child care team are able to advise on the appropriateness of an injunction if social services ask you to obtain one or if you are already in child care proceedings.
We are also able to defend respondents (alleged perpetrators of abuse) within injunction proceedings to ensure an Order isn’t unjustly made against you.
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Impressive group with expertise in both matrimonial finance cases and children matters. A strong childcare team handles cases involving physical and emotional abuse, as well as fatalities. Well versed in matters with international aspects, Hague Convention cases, as well as adoption and guardianship issues.
Chambers UK, 2018
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Anton has substantial experience acting for commercial goods hauliers and other transport operators. He advises on a range of contentious issues including operator licence, maintenance and tachograph matters, with a wealth of experience acting in public inquiries before Traffic Commissioners."Anton is a highly informed and personable lawyer.
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Ruth specialises in all aspects of family law and since 2010 she has been an accredited specialist in private law children matters and in domestic abuse where urgent protective remedies are required.
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