Sadly, domestic violence and abuse affects many people on a daily basis. The short and long term effects of domestic abuse are far reaching and can have a devastating impact on all of the family.
The highly experienced team of domestic abuse solicitors at Shepherd Harris & Co solicitors are experts in the sensitive handling of all types of domestic abuse cases.
If you have suffered domestic abuse or have been served with court proceedings containing allegations of domestic abuse, we can help.
We understand the urgency of situations where domestic abuse injunctions may be required and ensure that one of our family team is always available to deal with emergency cases and requests for domestic injunctions so that the abuser is prohibited from continuing the abusive behaviour.
An injunction is a court order which requires someone to do or not to do something. In very urgent cases our domestic abuse team can make applications to the court quickly and without the other party knowing beforehand.
The most common type of domestic violence injunctions / court orders are:
Non-molestation orders - these types of domestic abuse injunctions prevent the abuser from 'molesting' you or your children. 'Molesting' means harassing, pestering or intimidating and includes assault. Assault can mean acts of violence such as punching, pushing, slapping, throwing objects, spitting at you, etc. A non-molestation order also extends so far as to prevent the other party from instructing someone else to harass you on their behalf.
Occupation orders – these types of domestic abuse injunctions regulate the occupation of the family home and can also restrict the abuser from coming within a certain distance of the home and can :
Allow you to remain in the home if the other party is trying to force you out.
Allow you back into the home if the other party has already thrown you out.
Remove the other party from the home and prevent them from returning.
State that you and the other party must live in separate parts of the home.
Restrict the other party from entering the surrounding area.
If you are on a low income or are receiving state benefits you may be entitled to receive legal aid. Our domestic abuse team can assess your eligibility during your appointment. Legal aid has changed significantly and is no longer available for many legal cases but it is still available for cases that involve care proceedings, child abduction, forced marriages, and domestic abuse.
If you are unsure or would like further clarification or wish to arrange for a no-obligation discussion as to your entitlement to legal aid please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 8363 8341.
We are here to discuss your specific circumstances in an empathetic and professional way, and will advise you of your best course of action relating to domestic abuse and associated legal courses of action.
If you require more details please contact Tazeen Khaliq