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A non-harassment order is a court order which states that your partner cannot commit certain actions (for example following you, repeatedly texting you).
Applying for a non-harassment order
If your partner/ex-partner has already been convicted of an offence against you, the sheriff may impose a non-harassment order along with the sentence.
You can also apply to the court for a non-harassment order. A solicitor makes the application on your behalf. You must show that on at least two occasions your partner/ex-partner has behaved in a way that put you in a state of alarm or distress. If you already have an interdict, it is still possible to get a non-harassment order to forbid the person from doing something that is not in the interdict.
If your partner breaks the non-harassment order
If your partner/ex-partner breaks a non-harassment order, it is a criminal offence. You should contact the police immediately. You should also contact your solicitor. The police can arrest your partner without a warrant. They will send a report to the Procurator Fiscal and your partner will need to go to court. He may face a fine or prison sentence.
For details of sources of help and support see section 12
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