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 you an Order isn’t unjustly made against you.

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Ann-Marie Bowman

Partner & Chairwoman

Ann-Marie Bowman is Partner and Chairwoman of Nottingham based law firm Rotheras. Ann-Marie remains highly committed to her fee-earning work in family law, dealing with all aspects of children matters.

Joanne Millward


Joanne Millward is a family law solicitor with over 20 years’ experience dealing with all areas of Family Law.

Paul Cobb

Partner & Head of Family

Paul Cobb is Head of the Family department and is a family and matrimonial solicitor, specialising in collaborative law, at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.

Ruth Tyas

Associate Solicitor

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.

Sally Hartland

Associate Solicitor

Sally Hartland is a Family, Matrimonial and Child Law specialist based at our offices in The Lace Market.

Emma Adcock


Emma Adcock is a family and matrimonial specialist based at The lace Market and West Bridgford offices.

Rebecca Lister


Rebecca Lister is a Solicitor within our Family Department and specialises in children and child care proceedings, regularly representing parents during care proceedings.

Alison Richardson

Legal Executive

Alison Richardson is a member of the family team and wills, trust & probate team based at our Mapperley office.

Chris Bradshaw

Family Law Executive

Chris specialises in children matters and provides support to Ann-Marie Bowman.

Sue Dutton

Legal Executive

Sue Dutton is a Legal Executive in the Family and Childcare department at Rotheras and is based at our Long Eaton office.

Jasmine Jackson

Trainee Solicitor

Jasmine Jackson is a trainee Solicitor in the Family Law department at Rotheras and is based at our Lace Market Office.

Beccy Rodham


Beccy Rodham is a Paralegal in Rotheras Family Law department and is based at our Lace Market office.

Elizabeth Shaw


Elizabeth Shaw is a paralegal in Rotheras Family Law department and is based at our Lace Market office.

Susan White


Susan White is a Paralegal in Rotheras Debt Recovery and Family Law department.


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