Acknowledging that a family member is abusing you is one of the hardest steps you can take, superseded only by the decision to take action against your abuser. It is paramount that you are able to feel safe and secure and live without fear of another person. If you are experiencing abuse at the hands of a partner, family member or even a stranger, then legal action from an organisation like David Gray Solicitors LLP may be required.

It is incredibly difficult to break away from an abusive person for a variety of complex reasons. David Gray Solicitors LLP have extensive experience in these matters and understand how traumatic they can be. Our experienced and understanding Solicitors are on-hand to provide the support you need to obtain safety and security.

What is a restraining order?

A non-molestation order is commonly referred to as a restraining order, which will prevent an individual from carrying out actions in relation to another person. The ultimate aim of a Restraining Order is to prevent any harm occurring to the applicant and provide invaluable safety and security. For instance, a restraining order might prohibit someone from coming within a specified distance of the victim, prevent them from entering the person’s home or more generally prevent a person from causing harm. A Restraining Order is issued within the Civil Courts, with the proceedings taking place in a Judge’s Chambers, avoiding the formalities of a Court environment.

We at David Gray Solicitors LLP understand that you are likely to be feeling a range of emotions including fear, anxiety and confusion, therefore a Restraining Order may be a crucial tool to provide safety security without the need for an invasive criminal trial.

Restraint Orders can be applied for on a without notice basis. If you are worried about the consequences of a perpetrator discovering your attempts to obtain a Restraining Order, feel safe in the knowledge that the perpetrator will be unaware of your application until the Restraint Order is put in place.

How do you qualify for a restraining order?

Restraining orders exist to provide protection to those that have suffered from abuse or harassment from another person. Victims of domestic violence, for instance, can obtain a restraining order against their abuser. The term ‘abuse’ is very broad and encompasses various behaviours that are not limited to physical violence. Abuse can include but is not limited to:

  • Assault
  • Sexual abuse
  • Stalking
  • Kidnapping
  • Verbal threats
  • Trespassing

You can apply for a restraining order at any age (though minors will need to be represented by a parent or legal guardian) and under any circumstance in which your personal safety is being threatened.

What should I do?

If you are applying for a restraining order against someone, you should consider getting legal representation to helpfully guide you through the process. David Gray Solicitors LLP, based in Newcastle is one such organisation in the North East. Restraining Orders are often sought in times of an emergency. David Gray Solicitors LLP recognise the seriousness of these situations and are able to act in an empathetic manner and achieve security for those at risk of harm.

It is a basic right of all individuals to feel safe and secure in their day to day life. It is important to remember that if you are experiencing domestic abuse, you have the right to take steps to safeguard yourself and your family. The right legal team will appreciate this completely and will do their very best to help you get to your end goal with the best results. For more information please visit