Domestic Abuse & Injunctions

Your dedicated lawyer will guide you through through the process as painlessly as possible

Your dedicated lawyer will guide you through through the process as painlessly as possible

Domestic abuse solicitors - How can we help you?

Some of the most emotional and difficult situations we deal with are those where someone is trying to leave an  abusive relationship. Often, people might not be aware of the extent to which they are being abused as they have become accustomed to life in that way.

If you have been affected by domestic abuse, Goughs is here to support you. Please get in touch with our family team today.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is not limited to physical violence and is defined by the Government as:

‘Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those age 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality’.

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Abuse can take a range of forms, the most common of which are:

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Sexual  
  • Financial
  • Emotional

If you think you might be in an abusive relationship or are suffering from domestic abuse we can help.  A variety of measures can be taken in order to help ensure your safety and to protect you and/or your loved ones.

In some cases it might be appropriate to initiate proceedings to obtain an injunction against the abuser. This could be a Non-Molestation Order or an Occupation Order.

A Non-Molestation Order can assist in preventing the abuser from acts and threats of violence, as well as harassment and pestering. Such an order could, therefore, be granted against someone who has been consistently sending abusive letters or text messages. A non-molestation order can also prohibit an abuser from approaching you, your property or an area around your property, or from making any contact with you in any way. 

The purpose of an Occupation Order is to exclude a person from occupying a home and can apply to married or unmarried persons. Even if the property in question is held in the abuser’s sole name, it can be possible to obtain an order for that person to be excluded from the property. Occupation Orders can require a person to leave a property or prohibit their returning to a home if they have recently left.

Every case is different and the appropriate remedy will depend very much on your own personal experience, so a Solicitor will advise of all the legal options available to protect you. Taking that first step might be stressful, but our experience allows us to approach each case in a sensitive manner and to address each client’s particular difficulties.

We can also put you in touch with external agencies or organisations which may be able to provide different elements of support.

It’s important that you feel confident that support is available. You don’t need to suffer in silence.

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Everything was completed professionally and within my tight time scales. I would like to say thank you and would definitely go back to Goughs should I need help in the future.

Ali McBrine

Thank you Alice Blackmore for your fantastic professional support, with care, compassion and kindness, of our need for explanation and understanding of the system and language in a lot of correspondence. Thank you too for being always being honest and empathic of our feelings.

Andrew Alvis

Another well-managed transaction handled promptly and professionally by Nadine Cook and her team. We have used Goughs before, will use again and would not hesitate to recommend their services to anybody.

Phil Carter

Goughs Solicitors provide a friendly, professional and extremely reassuring service. The whole team, especially Georgina Catlin, are empathetic and provide sound advice when required, you definitely feel you are in safe hands.

Your domestic abuse & injunctions team

Juliet Gordon


Juliet qualified in 2018, and joined Goughs in April 2022. She always strives to provide calm, empathetic advice, and prioritises ensuring that her clients are updated throughout the process, aiming to exceed their expectations.

Mark Hood

Solicitor & Head of Armed Forces Sector

Mark completed a twenty-year Army career in the Royal Logistic Corps as an officer before changing tack to pursue a career in the law. Mark has a particular interest in, and an understanding of the effect that life in the military has when facing relationship upheaval or other related family law problems.

Georgina Catlin

Associate Solicitor

Georgina has been practicing Family Law for over four years, qualifying as a Solicitor in 2018, and joining Goughs in 2019. Over the years she has developed a strong ability to empathise with others whilst also delivering firm and clear advice to clients to ensure their best interests are protected.

Natalie Kemp

Senior Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Natalie joined Goughs in 2019 and progressed to an Associate in 2020. She is experienced in dealing with all areas of family law, including children, divorce, separation, finances, cohabitation, and separation agreements together with pre and post nuptial agreements.

Alice Blackmore

Associate Solicitor

Alice joined Goughs in January 2020 and was promoted to Associate in April 2021. She is experienced in dealing with all areas of family law including disputes involving children, divorce, separation, finances, and cohabitation.


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