Sunderland Safeguarding Children Partnership

Domestic Abuse

Local services and support:

  • Southern Domestic Violence - Help For Victims - A useful guide of local services and pathways, created by Northumbria Police, designed to offer help for victims/survivors and their families
  • - Wearside Women in Need have a variety of information, training opportunities and ways to access support 
  • There are legal firms that offer pro-bono to support victims of Domestic Abuse. Two civil pieces of legislation that can be used to protect victims are:  Non-Molestation Orders & Occupation Orders
    • The Family Law Act 1996 aims to protect those suffering domestic abuse and offer remedies to those who apply. For instance, under the Family Law Act, a victim of abuse may apply for a Non-Molestation Order which prevents the perpetrator from pestering, harassing or molesting. It does not, however, deal with the issue of the occupation of the family home. An occupation order regulates the occupation of the property. Such orders are granted in very serious circumstances as it can exclude someone from the home in which they are legally entitled to live i.e. they jointly or solely own the property. For this reason, there are very strict tests for such an order to be granted.

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