A Family Court has handed an “abusive” partner a non-molestation order after he accused his former spouse of having mental health issues.
A non-molestation order, also known as an “injunction”, can help protect a child or a victim of domestic abuse from harm. It can also dictate who can live in the family home or enter the surrounding area.
The Family Court heard how the man had sent several emails and texts telling the woman that she had an “intimacy disorder” and was narcissistic.
Judge Rosalind Coe said the man’s behaviour had been abusive and issued a 12-month non-molestation order.
The man attempted to overrule the decision in a public hearing earlier this month. He said he had been trying to “help, not threaten” the woman.
After hearing the appeal in the Family Division of the High Court in London, Mr Justice Baker upheld the original judgment.
“Domestic abuse takes many forms,” said Judge Baker in his written ruling.
“Harassment is a form of abuse.”
He added: “The judge was entitled to reach the conclusion that this behaviour crossed that threshold. Repeatedly asserting that someone has mental health issues can amount to harassment.”
Domestic abuse is a very serious issue and something that should be reported to the police without delay. If you are the victim of domestic abuse, or know someone who is, and would like to discuss your options then please contact Francesca Flood or telephone: 020 7406 1000.