Domestic abuseProtecting yourself and your family
Domestic abuse (often called domestic violence) includes not only physical violence but also sexual, emotional, psychological and financial abuse. It includes bullying, intimidation and harassment. Nobody should live in fear of abuse. The law is there to protect people suffering or at risk of suffering abuse.
Experiencing domestic abuse affects your entire family and is emotionally harmful for your children. We know that breaking free from an abusive relationship can be extremely difficult. Our team of specialist lawyers and advisers are here to help you find the right solution to make you and your family safe. This might involve an urgent application to court for a non-molestation order or an order asking the abuser to leave the home in which you’re living. It might include a warning letter or a series of negotiations. Our expert team will listen to you, discuss your needs and advise you on the options open to you and their likely consequences.
We are here to help you find the right emotional and practical support whatever decision you make. We work with domestic abuse agencies nationally and receive referrals throughout the country. Our dedicated team can ensure that any necessary court application is made within 24 hours wherever possible and once you and your family are safe. We will take the time to understand any further needs that you have so that you can consider your options from a position of safety.
If you or your family are at immediate risk of harm, you should contact the police straight away. Abuse includes physical abuse but also emotional or sexual abuse, intimidation and financial abuse. We have an emergency steps team who are trained to advise and assist urgently to secure you and your family the immediate protection you need. We are specially trained in this area to understand your needs both legally and emotionally and will work together with other agencies to give you the practical and emotional help that you need.
Our emergency steps team can secure a protective injunction for your family within 24 hours and can advise you on the longer term options for ensuring your safety.
If you, or somebody you know, has been physically threatened or emotionally blackmailed into a marriage which they do not want or they have been unable to come back to the UK because they have been forced into marriage abroad, our team of experts can help.
This is a complex area of law and seeing a specialist is extremely important. We represent victims of forced marriage and honour based violence. We have good links to all the support agencies working in this area to provide you with ongoing help and support from both a legal, practical and emotional perspective.