Who can apply: non-molestation order
You can usually apply if you’re a victim of domestic violence and the person you want to be protected from (‘the respondent’) is:
- someone you’re having or have had a relationship with
- a family member
- someone you’re living or have lived with
Check the following lists to make sure you can apply.
If you’re under 16 you need permission from the High Court to apply.
Husband, wife, civil partner or other relationship
You can apply if you’re a victim of domestic violence and the respondent is your:
- husband, wife or civil partner
- former husband, former wife or former civil partner
- fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner
- former fiancé, former fiancée or former proposed civil partner – if your engagement or agreement to form a civil partnership ended less than 3 years ago
- boyfriend, girlfriend, partner or a person you’re in or have been in a relationship with for more than 6 months
If you were engaged to or had agreed to form a civil partnership with the respondent, you’ll need to provide evidence, such as a ring or statement from a witness who attended a ceremony or celebration.
You can apply if the respondent is a close family member, for example a parent, brother, sister, aunt or uncle.
People who have parental responsibility for your child or grandchild
You can apply if you have a child or grandchild and the respondent is the child’s parent or person you share parental responsibility with.
If your child (or grandchild) has been adopted, you can also apply to get an injunction against their:
- adoptive parent
- anyone who has applied to adopt them
- anyone the child has been placed with for adoption
You can also apply for an order against the child or grandchild if they’ve been adopted.
You can report anyone who abuses you to your neighbourhood police team.