Violence, or even the threat of violence, between relatives or people in a relationship is called domestic violence or domestic abuse. It can happen to people from all walks of life and is often hidden. We understand that domestic abuse can be difficult to talk about and many of those experiencing domestic abuse have a genuine fear that they won’t be believed. We have experience in advising men and woman, rich and poor, gay and straight in relation to these issues with empathetic but practical proposals for resolving issues.
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse is not just physical abuse, it can be emotional, intimidation, financial control or sexual abuse. Domestic abuse doesn’t just affect the parties involved, it can affect children of the relationship and impact on wider family relationships.
What can I do?
Telling someone is the first step. We can advise you on how to protect yourself and your children. It may be appropriate to make an application to the court for a non-molestation order or an occupation order. Depending on the seriousness of the situation and the risk to the individual, it may or may not be appropriate to give notice to the other party of you intention to apply for an order.
For further advice on protecting yourself from domestic abuse, please contact Louise Allard or Sabrina Bailey on 020 7993 2936.