All levels of society regardless of age, gender, sexuality, race, and socio-economic background are affected by domestic abuse. It exists in many forms it includes psychological, emotional, sexual and financial abuse the risk of which can increase when couples separate not only to the victim but also to any children of the family.
Domestic abuse isn’t always physical. Controlling behaviour designed to make a person dependant by isolating them from support, exploiting them, depriving them of independence and regulating their everyday behaviour.
This is known as Coercive control which is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.
Sadly, domestic abuse is more common than you think and should never be tolerated. If you are the victim of domestic abuse, we can help to make you and your children safe. Grant Stephens Family Law have domestic abuse expert solicitors at hand to advise and represent you sometimes on an urgent and immediate basis if necessary.
We can obtain from the Court an injunction to protect you and any children that may be at risk.
There are two types of injunction:
· Non-molestation order
A non-molestation order prohibits your partner or spouse from using or threatening violence against you or your children, or intimidating, harassing or pestering you. It can contain very specific provisions depending on the particular type of harassment happening to you.
· Occupation order
An occupation order sets out who can live in the family home (or certain parts of it) and can also restrict someone from entering the area surrounding a home. An occupation order does not affect each person’s financial interest in the home, simply who can live in it.
Legal Aid is still available for these matters. We only deal with private matters. If you wish to check you eligibility for legal aid please click the following link.
If you need to get in touch with someone urgently or wish to contact an expert for a free initial consultation* within 24 hours please call us on 02921 679 333 or contact us and we will get back to you.