Domestic Violence

Domestic violence or domestic abuse is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members.   Anyone can experience domestic violence regardless of race, ethnicity, religious group, class, sexuality, disability or lifestyle.This is why it is important to know where you can find helpful advice from dedicated domestic violence solicitors. 

Domestic violence may include:

¥ physical abuse – hitting, slapping, bunching, biting, hair pulling or burning

¥ emotional/psychological abuse – put-downs, verbal abuse, humiliation, blaming, isolation from family and friends

¥ sexual abuse – rape, unwanted sexual contact, being encouraged to take part in sexual acts you don’t want to be a part of

¥ financial abuse – having to account for everything you spend, being kept without money, being prevented from getting or keeping a job

¥ harassment – being watched, being followed, receiving unwanted phone calls or text messages.

Our Domestic violence solicitors can provide emergency advice on how to protect you and any children involved.  If you are at immediate risk we act quickly to obtain a court injunction and to take steps to ensure the orders are complied with and enforced.  

The types of orders that may be available include:

A non-molestation order – this is an injunction which prevents a person or anyone acting on their behalf from being violent to or threatening violence towards you or any children.  These injunctions can be tailored to your individual circumstances and can prevent any specific behaviour that has made you feel unsafe.   An occupation order –this is an injunction which allows you to return to your home, and/or exclude your partner from the premises.