Domestic Violence Solicitors
Domestic violence or domestic abuse is behaviour that leads to an assault, or that makes someone feel threatened, intimidated or pestered. It is carried out by a person who is ‘related’ to you, for example a family member or someone you live with.
What protection can I get?
- If you feel in immediate danger it is important that you phone the police on the emergency telephone number as soon as possible.
- If you believe that the abuse is low-level a solicitor may assist you in writing a warning letter to the person concerned.
- If you want to prevent a certain type of behaviour, for example someone sending you harassing text messages, you can apply to the Court for a ‘Non-Molestation Order’
- If you need to be protected from someone violent or abusive from attending your home, if they also have a right to live there, you can apply to the Court for an ‘Occupation Order.
- You may choose to accept an ‘Undertaking’ from the person who is abusing you, instead of a Court Order. This is a binding promise to the Court and if broken the person can be found in contempt of Court.
- If the person breaches a Non-Molestation Order this is a criminal offence and they may be prosecuted.
- If the person breaches an Occupation Order they may be taken back to Court for enforcement, which may include a prison sentence.
Restraining Orders are remedies available from the Criminal Courts as a result of a Criminal prosecution.
If you are a female victim of domestic abuse, here is some further reading:
If you are a male victim of domestic abuse, here is some further reading:
If you are suffering from domestic violence or domestic abuse, please contact IBB in confidence to arrange a meeting and protect yourself and your children: email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01895 207857.