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Domestic Abuse Solicitors

Domestic Violence Solicitors London & Brighton

Our specialist team is able to advise and guide you. If necessary we can act urgently to protect you and your children.

To speak to a Domestic Abuse solicitor for expert advice you can trust, please call Goodman Ray Solicitors on 020 7608 1227 or contact us online and we will call you.

Violence, or the threat of violence that takes place between relatives or between people in a relationship is called domestic violence or domestic abuse. It can happen to all people; whether rich or poor, young or old, male or female, gay or straight.

It not only affects the adults involved but has an enormous impact on your children. It includes physical abuse but also bullying, emotional or sexual abuse intimidation or limiting someone’s freedom. There is no need for any physical violence to have taken place. Everyone has the right to live a life free of domestic violence and abuse.

Violence, or the threat of violence that takes place between relatives or between people in a relationship is called domestic violence or domestic abuse. It can happen to all people; whether rich or poor, young or old, male or female, gay or straight. It not only affects the adults involved but has an enormous impact on your children. It includes physical abuse but also bullying, emotional or sexual abuse intimidation or limiting someone’s freedom. There is no need for any physical violence to have taken place. Everyone has the right to live a life free of domestic violence and abuse.

Our specialist team is able to advise and guide you. If necessary we can act urgently to protect you and your children. We will explain all the options available to you to safeguard your family either to obtain an injunction (known as a non-molestation order) or to obtain an order to prevent a child being removed from your care or their school by another family member (known as Prohibited Steps Orders).

We have close and strong links with agencies such as the police, refuges and local authorities. We regularly advise the police on domestic violence issues and are well regarded as experts in this field.

We will explain all the options available to you to safeguard your family either to obtain an injunction (known as a non-molestation order) or to obtain an order to prevent a child being removed from your care or their school by another family member (known as Prohibited Steps Orders).

Protecting Your Home

If there has been domestic violence you may need to protect yourself in your home and have the person responsible removed from your home until a longer term solution is worked out. We can help you to apply for the necessary court order known as an occupation order.

Getting Urgent Help

If you are at immediate risk of harm it is important to act quickly and obtain specialist legal advice. We will take all urgent and necessary steps to ensure orders are obtained to secure your safety and we can attend court at very short notice (and if necessary out of office hours) to obtain emergency orders often without notice to the other party. This will provide you and your children with immediate and short term protection while you consider your long term options.

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FAQS regarding Domestic Abuse


What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over. This can include but is not limited to the following types of abuse: physical, psychological, sexual, financial and emotional.

What can I do if it is happening to me?

If you feel frightened of your partner or a member of your family, or you fear for your safety or that of your children, you can seek advice from a solicitor or a women’s aid organisation. The court can make different types of orders known as injunctions for your protection.

Can I get legal aid to obtain an injunction for my protection?

Although there have been a lot of changes to the way legal aid is provided since 1 April 2013, domestic abuse is one of the categories of case that is still covered by legal aid.

What is a non-molestation order?

This is a court order preventing a person from behaving in a certain way towards you. It is commonly referred to as an ‘injunction’. A non-molestation order can prevent a named person from threatening you, being violent towards you or intimidating you. It can also prevent that person from contacting you directly or coming to a certain address such as your work place.

What can I do if the named person breaches the non-molestation order?

A breach of a non-molestation order is a criminal offence so you would need to report the incident to the police.

How long will the non-molestation order remain in place?

Normally the court would make a non-molestation order to last between 6-12 months. If you need the nonmolestation order to continue after that, an application can be made to the court before the non-molestation ends for it to be renewed. Alternatively, if the non-molestation order has expired and you still require theprotection of a non-molestation order, a new application can be made to the court.

How can I stop someone accessing my home, or get someone to leave the home we share?

An occupation order regulates the occupation of your home. An occupation order can require a named person (the ‘Respondent’) to allow you to enter and occupy the property, and if you both need to remain living in the property it can specify which rooms or parts of the property you are each allowed to use and when. In some cases an occupationorder can prevent the respondent from returning to the property once they have left, or can even require them to leave the property altogether and not return. It is sometimes possible to apply for an occupation order even if you are not the legal owner ofyour home. This will depend on the individual facts of your case, and you should see a solicitor for advice relating to your specific circumstances.

Top Tip

There have been a lot of changes to the way legal aid is now provided since 1 April 2013. Partiescan still apply for and obtain legal aid for proceedings involving children if they can demonstrate that they have suffered domestic violence within the last 24 months. There are strict evidence requirements that you will need to comply with in order to be eligible to receive legal aid for children matters in these circumstances. Therefore, if you have suffered domestic abuse it is important that you report the matter to your GP or a health professional as soon as possible, in order that you will be able to obtain a letter from your GP or health professional at a later date in order to support your application for legal aid. It is also a good idea to alert the police and, if you feel your children may be at risk, social services.

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