One of the South West’s top legal experts on domestic violence has welcomed the announcement that victims will get greater protection from courts in England and Wales from next month.
Mark Smith, a partner in the Exeter Family Team at regional law firm Stephens Scown, believes the tougher approach and the ability for judges to impose restraining orders on abusers considered a threat will help victims in need of protection.
He says: “I deal with lots of cases of domestic abuse and I welcome any new provision which will further strengthen existing laws around restraining orders and injunctions.”
Restraining orders are designed to prevent people interfering with a complainant. At present, courts can only impose injunctions in cases of convictions for two offences – harassment or putting someone in fear of violence. From the end of September, anyone considered a threat at the end of a criminal case – regardless of the result – maybe subject of an order.
Mark deals with all aspects of family work, including adoption and civil partnerships. He is a member of Resolution and an accredited specialist family lawyer in private law children issues and domestic abuse. For more information or advice call Mark on 01392 210700 or email