Family Solicitor Kalya Parker-Livesey has recently obtained a lifetime non-molestation Order for a client who has suffered decades of both physical and emotional abuse.
This Order prevents her ex-partner from using of threatening violence towards her, entering the vicinity in which she lives, contacting her by any means, posting about her on social media, damaging any property belonging to her and from instructing or encouraging another person to do any of these things.
The Court granted an indefinite Order with no expiration date due to the severity and persistence of the abuse, providing our client with a lifetime of protection.
What is a non-molestation order
Those suffering from domestic abuse often feel like there is no escape, that seeking to break free from a toxic relationship can be futile, that no matter how hard they try, their abuser will still find a way to reach them, manipulate them, continue the abuse.
This need not be the case, there is help at hand.
Non-molestation orders, also known as injunctions, can very quickly put steps in place protecting victims of domestic abuse from their perpetrator. These orders not only stop physical contact, but also prevent the perpetrator from contact by letter, by text, by social media and through third parties. They prohibit the use of or threat of violence and can even prevent the perpetrator form approaching particular locations, such as a house or place of work.
Non-Molestation Orders can be made against a partner, former partner or family relatives of a domestic abuse victim. These usually are time constrained, but lengthy enough to prevent contact and break the pattern of abuse. They can be extended on expiry where there are grounds to do so, and in exceptional cases these can be granted indefinitely.
These Orders can be obtained within 24 hours (subject to legal aid requirements if appropriate and level of urgency) and after having been served on the perpetrator are also lodged with the police. Breach of a Non-Molestation Order is a criminal offence punishable with up to 5 years imprisonment, a fine of up to £5000, or both.
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