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What is a Barring Order?

A barring order requires the abusive person (the respondent) to leave the home and prohibits the person from entering the home. The court may also if it thinks fit prohibit the person from further violence or threats of violence, watching or being near your home, or following or communicating (including electronically) with you (the applicant) or a dependent person (any child).  

A barring order may be obtained by:

  • the spouse of the respondent,
  • the civil partner of the respondent,
  • a person who is not the spouse or civil partner of the respondent and is not related to the respondent within a prohibited degree of relationship but lived with the respondent in an intimate relationship prior to the application for the barring order, or
  • a parent of the respondent who is not a dependent. 

A barring order shall:

  • direct the respondent, if residing at a place where the applicant/dependent person resides, to leave the place,
  • if the respondent is or is not residing at a place where the applicant/dependent person reside, shall prohibit the respondent from entering the place until further order of the court or until such other time as the court shall specify.

A barring order may also prohibit the respondent from doing any one or more of the following as the Court thinks fit:

  • using or threatening to use violence against the applicant/dependent person,
  • molesting or putting in fear the applicant/dependent person,
  • prohibits watching or besetting a place where the applicant/dependent person resides,
  • following or communicating (including electronically) with the applicant/dependent person.

A barring order may remain in place up to 3 years after its making and may be renewed.