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26 Domestic Violence, Abuse and Harassment
9. What if the person abusing me is not my partner?
You can get an injunction in the civil court under the Family Law Act 1996 if the person abusing you is:
If the person abusing you doesn't fit in any of these categories, there are still laws that will help you. For instance, you can stop a former boyfriend or girlfriend from harassing you by using the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
This Act gives the court power to impose restraining orders that are similar to occupation and non-molestation orders. (See 'Court orders you can get to protect you' for an explanation of these.)
If you have been the victim of violence, you can also get the help of the police, whoever has abused you. Ask to speak to the community safety officer at your local police station.
This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with Imogen Clout, a solicitor specialising in family law.
Leaflet version: July 2016
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