You can apply for an occupation order if you’re a victim of domestic violence and meet the requirements. The order will say who can live in the family home or enter the surrounding area.

You can apply if:

  • you own or rent the home and it is, was, or was intended to be shared with a husband or wife, civil partner, cohabitant, family member, person you’re engaged to or parent of your child
  • you do not own or rent the home but you’re married or in a civil partnership with the owner and you’re living in the home (known as ‘matrimonial home rights’)
  • your former husband, wife or civil partner is the owner or tenant, and the home is, was, or was intended to be your shared matrimonial home
  • the person you cohabit or cohabited with is the owner or tenant, and the home is, was, or was intended to be your shared home

Occupation orders are not always an option because of the level of risk and other circumstances.

More information can be found on the government website.