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Have you suffered from domestic abuse in your relationship?
Domestic abuse takes on many forms, from violence and physical abuse to emotional or psychological manipulation. It can affect men, women and children. If you are a victim of domestic abuse it can often feel like you are trapped, with no way of escaping your situation. Many victims suffer for years without speaking out for fear of the repercussions.
However, speaking to someone you can trust is the best way to change your situation. If you make contact with a Solicitor experienced in assisting in domestic abuse cases, they can help you apply for Court orders to protect you and your home from threat. If required, a Solicitor can deal with an abusive partner directly on your behalf, as well as directing you to further sources of support and advice.
Our experienced Family Law team can provide the understanding and expertise necessary to help individuals trapped in abusive relationships extricate themselves from their circumstances.
Injunctions And Non-Molestation Orders
Once you have contacted a Solicitor in reference to a case of domestic abuse, there are a number of steps that can be taken to help you resolve the situation. The first step is often to apply for a non-molestation order from the Civil Court. If granted, this order will prevent your abuser from harassing or threatening you or your children. To secure a permanent non-molestation order you will have to prepare a case and supply evidence of abuse. Our experienced Family Law team can assist you with this.
It is also possible to apply for an emergency non-molestation order. This can be put into place immediately; however, it will only last for 28 days, after which time the subject of the order will be allowed to defend themselves in Court. If you are at immediate risk of violence, an emergency order can be a suitable option to grant you the time to prepare a case for a lasting order.
An occupation order defines who can or cannot enter a property. As a legally binding order, should your partner break the terms of the order they can be immediately arrested. Applying for an occupation order follows a similar process to applying for a non-molestation order, whereby you must prepare a case to take to Civil Court. If granted, the Court will define the specific terms most suitable for your situation and will also consider arrangements for any children involved in the case.
What We Can Offer You
Being the victim of physical, psychological, or emotional abuse at the hands of a partner can be an incredibly isolating experience. However much you may feel like you are alone, it is important to remember that there is always someone you can turn to.
Our Family Law team have decades of experience assisting clients in resolving issues related to cases of domestic abuse. From helping you prepare a case and seek injunctions against an abusive partner, to referring you to other sources of support and advice, there are numerous ways we can help. Our team are sensitive and knowledgeable, and our Law Society Family Law Panel Accreditation demonstrates our expertise in Family Law.
If you have been or are currently the victim of domestic abuse and would like to talk to someone about your situation, please arrange a discussion with one of our Family Law team.
Our Past Cases
Below are some examples of domestic abuse cases that our Family Law team have conducted in the past:
- Represented numerous clients in obtaining injections, non-molestation orders and occupation orders against their partners or ex-partners.
- Represented a husband against whom multiple allegations of harassment were made by the wife and in respect of which no findings were proved.