Domestic violence and solicitors


Domestic violence is a serious, criminal offence. If you are suffering from any type of violence at home, you should call the police for immediate help.

Domestic violence comes in many forms that can include:

  • Sexual violence
  • Verbal abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Physical abuse

Call us if you are going to court with your domestic violence case and you require legal representation. We can recommend a specialist family law solicitor to support you through the process.

What to do if you are a victim of domestic violence

If you are in a violent relationship it is important to know that you are not alone. There are several numbers you can call for immediate help and advice:

  • English national domestic violence helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • Wales domestic abuse helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • Scottish domestic abuse helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • Northern Ireland Women's Aid 24-hour domestic violence helpline: 0808 2000 247

If you are a man and are suffering from domestic violence there is a specific men’s advice line you can call - 0808 2000 247. If you are a child or young person and you are suffering violence at home you can contact either:

  • ChildLine on: 0808 2000 247
  • The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) on: 0808 2000 247

Going to court

Going to court can be a daunting prospect, which is where a lawyer working on domestic violence cases can help you. They have detailed knowledge of family law and can support you with help and advice. Always remember that you are not alone. Also note that social services will not take your children away because of the abuse you are suffering.

It may be that your only course of action is to go to court for an injunction to stop the violence that you are suffering from. The Family Law Act 1996 makes two main type of injunction available to sufferers of abuse:

  • A non-molestation order: This is an order to prevent your partner using or threatening violence against you or your children – this includes harassing or intimidating you. Breach of this type of injunction is a criminal offence
  • An occupation order: This order regulates who can live in the family home and can be extended to prevent your abuser entering a specific area within a certain distance from your home. This is a useful remedy for those living with a physically violent partner

Solicitors who deal with domestic violence can help you with your case at every stage, and can also give you initial advice about your case especially if you want to make an application for divorce.

Solicitors who deal with domestic violence are also essential if you want to go to court to settle custody of your children, or you want a divorce from your spouse. If your spouse contests your application for divorce, domestic violence solicitors are vital, as they have a detailed understanding of family law and can give your case the best chance of success.

For further advice on this topic, see our FAQ page on domestic violence.

If your matter is criminal, contact the police. If you are thinking about an injunction or non-molestation order to stop your family member going near your property or your children, we can help. Contact Law works with family law specialists who can help you achieve your objective. Please call us on 0800 046 1464 or complete the web-form above.

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