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Domestic Violence

What is Domestic Violence?

The government defines Domestic Violence as:

“Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are, of have been, intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.”

Domestic violence may include:

  • Physical Abuse – this may include hitting, punching, slapping, biting, burning, hair pulling and strangulation.
  • Sexual abuse – rape and sexual abuse is common in abusive relationships because a woman’s right to consent is likely to be ignored. Sexual abuse includes unwanted sexual contact including being encouraged to take part in sexual acts you do not wish to be a part of.
  • Emotional or Psychological abuse – this can be verbal or non verbal. Verbal abuse includes abuse such as shouting, name calling and blaming. Non verbal abuse includes isolation from family and friends and controlling behaviour such as withholding money or credit cards, making someone unreasonably account for money spent/petrol used, exploiting assets, being prevented from getting or keeping a job, deliberately running up debts, being kept without money. 
  • Elder abuse – where harm or distress is caused to an older person where there is an expectation of trust. The most typical abusers are partners, adult children or family members. 
  • Abuse can include receiving unwanted phone calls or text messages.
  • Abuse can happen to anyone regardless whether they are heterosexual, gay, lesbian or transgender. Men also can experience domestic abuse as victims too. 

If you are in a relationship where you have experienced domestic violence, our family law team could help you to protect yourself and your loved ones.

What we can do for you

  • You can talk to us in confidence about what has happened. We can advise you on the options available to you.
  • When needed we can help you to quickly obtain a Court order to protect you from abuse and to stop the abuser coming into your home.

Our family law team can provide emergency advice on how to protect you and any children involved. If you are at immediate risk we can quickly obtain a Court injunction and take steps to ensure the orders are complied with and enforced.

The type of orders that may be available include:

  • A non molestation order – this is an injunction which prevents a person or someone acting on their behalf from being violent to or threatening violence towards you or any children.
  • Occupation order – this is an injunction which allows you to return to your home and or excludes your partner from the premises.

We are not able to offer legally aided services, however dependent upon the circumstances we may be able to act for you on the basis of fixed fees. 

Please contact our family law team on 0113 320 5000 or if it is an emergency on 07804 688606 for confidential, sympathetic and expert professional advice. 

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