Barring Order

Woman granted Barring Order against abusive husband

The order was granted for a period of three years under which time she will be under the protection of the court.

A woman battling cancer has been granted a barring order against her husband by a judge this week.

Speaking to the court about the trauma she has endured, she said that she was “petrified of being near him” after he tried to hit her with a baton on the night of the August bank holiday.

She also claimed that he had punched her in the leg and abused her verbally on the same night.

Since being granted an interim barring order last week, she told the court how her husband, who suffers from alcohol addiction and is currently detoxing, had tried to contact her mobile phone a total of seventy-four times.

The order was granted for a period of three years under which time she will be under the protection of the court.

What is a barring order?

A barring order is granted by a court and obligates a violent person to vacate the home, as well as prohibiting them from reentering. In addition, the order prevents said person from threats of further violence, watching and/or being near the home, and communicating with you or a dependent person.

The following people are eligible to apply for a barring order:

  • Spouses and civil partners
  • Cohabitants who live in an intimate relationship (the applicant must satisfy the property test, that is, they must have an equal or greater interest in the property than the respondent)
  • Parents when the abuser is a non-dependent child

As observed in the case above, barring orders can be granted on an interim basis (protection order) between the period of application for a barring order and the court’s determination.

In more serious cases, barring orders can also be granted on an emergency basis whereby there is deemed to be an immediate risk of significant harm to you or a dependent person, lasting for a maximum of eight working days.

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