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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.
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:
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.
I engaged the services of Goughs Solicitors in Trowbridge, in particular Ailie Peacock, to act on my behalf for the sale of my house. Ailie was always clear with her advice, acted in a timely manor and answered any questions I had almost immediately. She was very proactive in dealing with the other parties involved in a slightly convoluted chain.
Ailie also managed a very late request from our buyers with calm efficiency and the utmost professionalism. The end result was a smooth sale and completion, with remarkably little stress on our part. I would not hesitate from using them again.
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The solicitor I dealt with at Goughs, Rhianna Cole, was an absolute star, I cannot fault her in any way at all. She made everything in the situation I was in so easy to understand, and she guided me through an extremely stressful time, with extreme professionalism, yet a very personal and sensitive touch. Can't big them up enough.
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Adept at handling complex divorce proceedings and related financial disputes. Regularly assists with challenging private law children cases. Offers further experience in negotiating pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements.
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Goughs is a strong team that has strength and depth in its family law department. They are known for achieving good client outcomes and their good client care.
Great service, professional, great communication and handled what was a very sensitive situation with care and compassion.
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My lawyer was very calm and clear and she put me at ease during a very stressful time. The outcome was exactly as I'd hoped.
Thank you for all your help, guidance and understanding over the last 2 years. You and your team have been outstanding during a very difficult time and managed the case through to a highly satisfactory conclusion.
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