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Domestic Abuse Solicitors

Our dedicated team of family law solicitors have supported over 2500 survivors of domestic abuse across 19 branch offices over the last 24 months.
We are here to listen, advise and act on your behalf to protect you and, if applicable, your children. We work to ensure the right safeguarding and protection is in place to protect them from their partners, or other family members.

How to protect yourself from domestic abuse

In certain cases, it is possible to apply to the Court for an injunction prohibiting someone from pestering, intimidating or behaving violently. It may also be possible to obtain a Court Order to have someone removed from a home or prevented from visiting it. Depending on the case injunctions can be issued quickly on an emergency basis by court. Failure to comply with an injunction may be punishable by imprisonment or other sanction depending upon the severity of the non-compliance.

The court may approve one or both of the following orders:

Non Molestation Order

A non-molestation order is an injunction that serves to prevent a partner or ex- partner from harming you or your children.

It is a criminal offence to breach a non – molestation order and can result in arrest.

Occupation Order

This order broadly stipulates who can live in the family home and who will need to leave. As an example, the order can prevent a person from entering the home or can even prevent someone from coming within a certain distance of it.

These orders run for a fixed period- It can last weeks, months, or for a year and over.

 

FAQ’s on Domestic Violence.

 

What is domestic abuse?

The government defines domestic violence as ‘any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality’.

What are the different forms of domestic violence?

Domestic Violence can take a variety of forms – physical, emotional, financial or sexual. When it occurs, swift and positive action is necessary to prevent repeated occurrences. As well as directly affecting the parties involved it can have huge repercussions on surrounding family, friends, and children.

Is legal Aid available for victims of domestic abuse?

Legal aid is available for victims of domestic abuse who satisfy the legal aid financial eligibility tests (subject also to a merits assessment). Your capital and savings (including the value of your home) will be taken into account.

To assess your eligibility for legal aid, you will need to provide us with:

  • Your national insurance number.
  • An estimate of the value of all your capital assets, including the value of your home and any other properties.
  • A bank statement covering the last 3 months for all your bank accounts- including Savings accounts, ISA’s, Child Saving accounts.
  • If you are employed, proof of your income via payslips covering the last 3 months if you are paid monthly, or covering the last 6 weeks if you are paid weekly.
  • If you are self-employed, your most recent accounts and tax returns.
  • If you are in receipt of benefits or tax credits, a current letter (dated within the last six months) confirming your entitlement.

For more information on domestic abuse and eligibility for legal aid, visit our blog

Getting Help

 

Why choose National Legal Service Family and Child Care Solicitors?

If you are victim of domestic abuse, your priority is to take steps to ensure you and your children are safe. Once that is done, we strongly recommend you seek help from a solicitors experienced in domestic violence and abuse. At National Legal Service Solicitors, we can apply to the court for protection on your behalf as well as secure legal aid funding if eligible.

Legal aid family law solicitors near you?

Our solicitors are accredited by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Resolution. Speak to our domestic abuse solicitors confidentially on 020 3601 5051

Click here to find and contact your local National Legal Service Solicitors branch.

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