Persons who are, or have been, in relationships are protected in law against harassment and molestation. Situations may arise where engaged or formerly engaged couples are in a dysfunctional relationship. In such a case, the law protects one person from molesting the other. You have broken off your engagement with your fiance. He now keeps pestering you by calling at your home early in the morning and late at night. Recently he has started to call round at your place of work as well, upsetting you and your colleagues. You wonder what you can do.
Under the Family Law Act 1996, the court has powers to prevent one person from molesting another. These powers, under the Act, apply to ‘associated persons’ who include persons who are engaged or, who formerly have been engaged. However, the court will need evidence of an engagement. This can comprise
• evidence in writing
• an engagement ring
• some form of ceremony witnessed by others assembled to act as witnesses.
For protection against molestation and harassment from persons who are not considered to be ‘associated persons’ because they have not been in a relationship but are being threatened by a stranger, e.g. a stalker