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 manner.
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’.
Abuse can take a range of forms, the most common of which are perhaps:
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.
Types of Domestic Abuse support available to you
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 Orders 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.
How can a Solicitor support someone in a Domestic Abuse situation?
Whilst the above options seem daunting, our lawyers are here to support and guide you every step of the way.
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.
It’s important that you feel confident that support is available and so you don’t need to suffer in silence.
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