07 May, 2015
Great Places issued proceedings under Part 1 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 against a Respondent who had made threats of violence towards a tenant. As there was a history of domestic violence and abusive incidents between the victim and the Respondent, Great Places had serious concerns for the safety of their vulnerable tenant and her young child.
The claim was issued on notice but given the severity of the situation, time for service of the application was abridged to 24 hours. On Thursday 02.04.15 Forbes Solicitors attended the hearing at Blackpool County Court and obtained an injunction and power of arrest for 12 months. Under the provisions of the injunction the Respondent is forbidden to enter the street where the victim lives and is prohibited from contacting her or making threats of violence. Thanks to the injunction the victim was protected in time for the Easter weekend.
Following the hearing Reece Barton, Community Safety Manager at Great Places said "The courts can sometimes demonstrate reluctance to deal with Domestic Abuse cases utilising ASB legislation, however this should not detract from a landlord's duty to protect and support vulnerable victims. Our action on this occasion was the most appropriate approach given the detail of the case, allowing our tenant the opportunity to get her life back on track. The success at court was empowering and the agreement from the courts to abridge time for service to 24 hours meant our tenant wasn't left vulnerable over the Easter break".
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