Domestic abuse occurs when one person harms another person with whom they have or have had some sort of relationship and can be in a variety of forms such as physical, emotional, financial or sexual harm. This type of abuse is against the law.

As well as directly affecting the parties involved it can have huge repercussions on surrounding family, friends, and children.

Both women and men can be a victim of domestic abuse and can feel as though they are helpless and taking action against a domestic abuser can seem like a huge step. Many people put up with domestic abuse, often for years as most victims are scared to seek help. If you are caught up in a distressing and frightening situation at home, contact our experienced family team who can give you help and legal advice, always in complete confidence. Every case is different, but a victim cannot be expected to stay in a harmful environment.

There are two main ways in which victims of domestic abuse can be protected by the law.

1) Non-molestation Orders : This prevents someone from being violent or threatening violence against you or your child. It also includes intimidation, harassment, or pestering. A breach of a Non-Molestation Order is an arrestable offence and now carries a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment.

2) Occupation Orders : This order relates to who can live in the family home and can also restrict access to the surrounding area as well. If the abuser breaks this order then they will only be arrested if a power of arrest document was lodged with the occupation order.

Both types of Court Orders can be made with or without the abuser being made aware of it if appropriate.

Our team can assist by discussing your options with you confidentially and informing you of your potential choices which will help you be able to take back control and decide what you wish to happen next with our paramount consideration at heart – securing your safety.

If you need legal advice or representation in respect of a family matter and want to know whether or not you are eligible for legal aid please contact our family department.

JNP Legal are leading law specialists who can assist with all your legal needs in a discreet and professional manner.

We are open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm in our Merthyr Tydfil and Nelson offices and to ensure maximum convenience to all of you that may need our help and guidance on a Saturday morning 9am – 12pm in our Merthyr Tydfil office.

We offer home visits to those clients who are unable to attend our offices in person and we pride ourselves on offering first class client care.

If you need assistance in relation to any of the issues raised in this blog please call us on 01685 350421 or 01443 450561 or E Mail: and we will do our very best to provide you with the legal assistance you require.


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