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Domestic violence can take many forms including:
- Physical abuse – punching, hitting, throwing, kicking, etc.
- Emotional/mental abuse – controlling behaviour, causing you to feel scared, threatening behaviour
- Sexual abuse – being forced to do sexual acts you do not consent to
- Verbal abuse – name calling, shouting, etc.
If you’re the victim of domestic violence, our specialist lawyers can offer you support, empathy and understanding. As well as being immediately available on the phone, we can – where appropriate – help you to obtain emergency protection within 24 hours.
We can apply for a Non-Molestation Court Order preventing your former partner from using or threatening violence, harassing you and coming near your property. Breach of an injunction is an arrestable offence and the police must be notified immediately if the order is breached.
An order, known as an Occupation Order, can also be obtained from the court – this will ensure that your partner leaves your home. The police can assist if necessary.
Do I have to pay for my legal fees?
Legal Aid is available and you may therefore not have to pay for your legal fees.
If you are not eligible for legal aid, then we do offer a free 30 minute initial meeting. If more detailed advice is required, we will see you for each additional 30 minutes at a cost of £50 plus VAT payable at the meeting. We also offer various Fixed Fee packages.
We will do all we can to help, providing support throughout the process so you are safe and protected.
Advice for victims of harassment or domestic abuse
Nobody should be the victim of harassment or domestic violence. But if you’re affected, there are several ways in which we can help you to deal with the problem.