Lincolnshire Police this week advised how in the first 24 hours of lockdown lifting last year, they received almost double the usual number of domestic abuse reports. Given nationally the police recorded 259,324 offences during lockdown in 2020 – this is a worrying statistic.

From a legal perspective, and as part of the domestic violence team here at Ringrose Law, we can help you if you are a victim of domestic violence – or if you know someone who is.

There are two family law options available, and the most commonly talked about order is a ‘non-molestation order’ which is also referred to as an injunction. This type of order prohibits behaviour by someone who has previously been violent toward the applicant and/or any children that may have been involved. This includes physical and sexual harm, controlling behaviour (for example being stopped seeing family or friends), mental and emotional harm, and financial control. A non-molestation order is the most common remedy for domestic violence, and can be made against any associated person. An ‘associated person’ is any family member, former spouses or cohabitees and current spouses and cohabitees.

If the Court grants a non-molestation order, the police are immediately notified. Any breach of this order is a criminal offence.

A non-molestation order can be made ex-parte, which is ‘without notice’ to the respondent. The Court will usually approve such an application being made ex-parte if the applicant is at risk of further harm upon the respondent being made aware of the application.

Depending on the applicant’s financial situation, Legal Aid may be available. If you wish to discuss your legal options, then call 01522 561029 or use the online chat and ask to speak to a member of the domestic abuse team.

Lincolnshire Police have also announced their ‘Make a Change’ programme, which is a specialised programme available to anyone aged 18 and over who is worried about their behaviour and wishes to make a change. More information can be found on www.lincs.police.uk/reporting-advice/domestic-abuse/make-a-change-lincolnshire

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Whatever your situation we can provide immediate support and advice to you. We have vast experience in dealing with these matters, so please do not hesitate to contact us today for help. Don’t be a victim contact us NOW on our 24hr helpline number 07739 748 675.

We can arrange to speak to you at a safe time to provide specialised advice.

 

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