Domestic violence is not limited to physical abuse. It extends to mental (or emotional) abuse, threats and controlling and intimidating behaviour.
Sometimes, a one-off incident may necessitate an injunction application. In other cases, it could be a pattern of behaviour over many years.
(It may also extend to harassment and stalking),
Sometimes the police are able to address such behaviour through an arrest and charge (and imposing bail conditions), or through a caution or harassment notice, depending on the severity of the action(s). If the police cannot take any action, or if this will be limited in time or extent, you may need to apply for an injunction.
The range of orders you can apply for include a Non-Molestation Order (which is in effect a personal protection Order) and an Occupation Order (which is an order requiring your spouse or ex-partner to leave the property or allowing you back in if you had found it necessary to leave).
You may also want advice on your legal position and options If your spouse/ex-partner makes an application against you to leave your home.
We recognise that domestic violence can have a huge impact on you and your dependents. We will do whatever we can to ensure you and your loved ones are protected.