Domestic Abuse FAQ

Here you will find the answers to many frequently asked questions relating to domestic violence.

What is domestic violence?

  • Abusive Violence between couples living together
  • Abuse between partners who do not live together
  • Harassment by former partners
  • Abusive relationships between parents and children
  • Abuse against elderly family members
  • Abuse between tenants or flat mates
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM) or forced marriage

What counts as evidence of domestic abuse and can I get Legal Aid?

You will usually need to show that you or your children were at risk of harm from an ex-partner.

You can ask for evidence from:

  • The courts
  • The police
  • Social services
  • A health professional
  • A refuge manager
  • A domestic violence support service
  • Your bank in the form of bank statements
  • Your employer, education or training provider
  • The provider of any benefits that you receive

How can the law protect me from domestic violence?

The law can provide the following types of order to protect you from domestic violence.

A Non-molestation Order prevents someone from being violent or threatening violence against you or your child. It also includes intimidation, harassment, or pestering.

An Occupation Order relates to who can live in the family home and can also restrict access to the surrounding area as well.