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What is a Safety Order?

Domestic Violence Act 2018

Safety and Protection Orders may be obtained by:

  • Spouses and civil partners.
  • Parents with a child in common.
  • Partners in an intimate relationship (including cohabitants and dating partners).
  • Parents of an abusive child, when the abuser is a non-dependent child (i.e. an adult).
  • People residing with the respondent in a non contractual relationship.

All of the above include former partners also (e.g. former spouse, cohabitant, etc.)

In practice anybody in an intimate relationship can now apply for a Safety or a Protection Order.

A Safety Order lasts up to 5 years.

A Protection Order ceases when the Court decides on an application for a Safety Order or a Barring Order.

A Safety Order does not exclude the offender from the home but offers the applicant (or a dependent) safety by prohibiting the respondent from:

the use of violence, or threats to use violence against the applicant/ dependent, or:
molesting or putting the applicant/ dependent in fear.
If the respondent is living elsewhere, the Order prevents the respondent from watching or besetting the home of the applicant/ dependent. The Court may place such exceptions or further conditions on the Order as it sees fit.

This Order may remain in place up to 5 years after its making and may be renewed.

Guide to Safety Orders in Dating Relationships is available here