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In the majority of situations the answer is yes, it really can. An injunction is a powerful court order (non-molestation order) that prohibits an abuser from using or threatening violence against you, or harassing, pestering or intimidating you. If the order is breached, the police can then arrest that person immediately.
They are particularly useful when, having responded to your 999 phone call, the police find little evidence that warrants the arrest for a criminal offence. Sadly the police’s hands can be tied by the high burden of proof of the criminal law that often prevents them from being able to remove the abuser right then. An injunction allows for this arrest to take place much easier, however, so you have the confidence and peace of mind to know the legal system is on your side.
The feedback from survivors also suggests that the mere existence of an injunction can have a dramatic effect on the abuser’s behaviour. For the first time, an abuser will see that ‘other people’ are involved and there will be serious consequences if the abuse continues. This new time and space can then give you the confidence to take control of the situation again and rebuild your life abuse free.
NCDVs service is offered 100% free of charge, we have never charged a victim and we never will.
There may, however, be certain costs that need to be considered for an injunction application, such as possible contributions towards your legal aid or for those ineligible for legal aid a court application fee and process serving costs. All such fees are in no way related to NCDV our service is free and any costs will be explained to you in full.
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