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If someone is harassing you outside of your family by causing you distress you may be able to take out a Protection Against Harassment Order against that person even if that person is a family member. At Emerald Law, we understand that in situations like this living life can be difficult as you are constantly under stress and the actions of another person are causing you such anxiety that it makes life difficult.
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It is for us to discuss your matter briefly and to provide you with a general overview. There will be no review of documents during the free first consultation.
We will try our best to accommodate your financial needs. We offer fixed fee arrangements and even instalment payments for our services.
However, if you are truly unable to afford the services of lawyers, we will recommend that you approach the legal aid bureau or law society pro bono services to see if you qualify.
It is best to take out a PPO application at the family court. This may have implications on the divorce, especially when arguing under unreasonable behaviour (for divorces at the Family Court) or Fasakh at the Syariah Divorce and children for care & control and access (both in the Family Courts and Syariah Court).
Generally, you will have to show that family violence has been committed against you and that it is necessary for an order to be made. There are 2 limbs.
It is not necessary to be physically abused for a PPO order to be granted.
You will then have to convince the court solely on the basis of your testimony (your words) at trial.
Section 64 of the Women’s Charter states that “family violence” means the commission of any of the following acts:
(a) wilfully or knowingly placing, or attempting to place,
a family member in fear of hurt;
(b) causing hurt to a family member by such act which is
known or ought to have been known would result in
(c) wrongfully confining or restraining a family member
against his will; or
(d) causing continual harassment with intent to cause or
knowing that it is likely to cause anguish to a family
but does not include any force lawfully used in self defence,
or by way of correction towards a child below 21 years of
No. For this, you will have to approach the Civil Courts to apply for an order under POHA (Prevention of Harassment Act).
We will have to look at the facts of the case before advising.
It is going to be very challenging for a person who is not legally trained to take part in the trial process without a lawyer. It is recommended that you engage a lawyer for such matters.