01 January 2020

If you are a victim of domestic abuse you might feel frightened and alone. You might not feel able to talk to your friends or family and may feel that you don’t know which way to turn. At Battens solicitors we are here to help you. You are not alone and you can talk to one of our solicitors in confidence. Depending on your individual circumstances we will advise you carefully on your options. We will help you decide what, if any, action you want to take against your abuser.

Asking for help is the first and most important step in protecting yourself and, if you have them, your children who will also be suffering.

Domestic abuse can occur in relationships in which people live in the same house or with people whom you share (or shared) an intimate relationship with. We can advise you whether the person who is abusing you is within one of the recognised categories where protection is offered under family law.

The law has recently expanded to include more behaviours that are now considered under as domestic abuse. It does not just include physical abuse, it can include emotional abuse; sexual abuse; honour based abuse; controlling and coercive behaviour; and financial abuse amongst other more rare forms of abuse. If you feel threatened or intimidated there are steps we can help you take to protect yourself (and any children living with you).

There are a number of orders that we can assist you obtaining including:

  • Non Molestation order- this protects you from physical violence, the threat of violence or harassing/pestering behaviour.
  • Occupation Order - this can prevent the abuser from returning to the property or coming within a certain distance.

We can advise whether the application can be made on an “ex parte” basis so you would be protected by the order before the perpetrator of the abuse becomes aware you have been to Court. Breach of these orders could resort in the perpetrator being sent to jail.

We can advise you whether you would qualify for legal aid and if not, provide you with advice on our charges in order to help you protect yourself.

Don’t suffer alone in silence, book an appointment with one of our family solicitors who will help you protect yourself.

For more information please contact 01935 846269. View our domestic abuse and harrasment services here.