Operation Olympus: A Mission to End the Fear of Domestic Abuse
This month we've had Marriage Week and Valentine's Day – both celebrating partnerships. But Greater Manchester Police had a better idea; instead, they've launched Operation Olympus, a month long clampdown on domestic abusers.
Operation Olympus runs from the 3rd to 20th February and will see over 250 Greater Manchester police officers undertake a targeted campaign against people known and wanted for domestic violence and other criminal offences.
Police Superintendent Craig Thompson has said; "Operation Olympus sends a clear message to criminals that there will be no hiding place for them and that the safety of our community comes first and will always be our priority."
Domestic Violence Solicitors Can Help
Our Family Law team at Simpson Millar
are experienced in supporting victims of domestic violence and are pleased to see a campaign targeting wanted offenders. But, it must be remembered there are other ways that victims can be helped to escape the abuse.
Kate Donohue Jones, Head of Family Law for our Manchester office, explains:"Action by the police to stop abusive partners isn't the only way that you can end the abuse; the law can protect you in other ways. A solicitor can support you in getting a Non-Molestation Order or an Occupation Order which could be enough to stop an abuser."
- Non-Molestation Order – This is to prevent someone from threatening violence, it includes intimidation and harassment; it's a criminal offence to breach this.
- Occupation Order – This can outline who can live or enter the family home and the surrounding areas.
Kate continues:"If your partner or ex is abusive and they're not in prison – you don't have to live in fear of what will happen next – we can help you get these provisions in place to escape the violence."
How Could Simpson Millar Help You?
Our Domestic Violence solicitors
offer discrete, confidential advice whatever your situation. We'll talk through all your available options and can provide the support you need to take back control and end the abuse for good.If you are a victim of domestic abuse, there are also charities and other organisations that could be able to help you including Women's Aid, Refuge and the 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247.