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Domestic Abuse

In the UK, there are an estimated 13 million incidents of domestic violence, or threats of violence, every year from partners or former partners.

Domestic violence can take many forms, from physical or sexual attacks, to less obvious psychological, emotional or even financial abuse. It can be insidious, repetitive, and destroy lives and families.

Compassionate, sensitive and experienced support you can trust

Our family law solicitors are widely experienced in helping victims of abuse to secure the full protection the law has to offer, and in advising them about other support services to help them deal with their experiences.

We have nationally accredited specialists in domestic violence, and staff members on the Law Society’s Family and Children Panels. Peter Marshall of the Family Law team sits on Resolution’s National Domestic Violence Committee, and is at the very forefront of policy changes and legal developments.

Expert help with injunctions

We can help you obtain an injunction order from the court to protect you from further experiences of abuse. Depending on your situation, this may include ordering someone not to come within a certain distance of you/your family, or ordering them to not harass, intimidate or abuse you/your family.

Assisting with occupation orders

An occupation order can help protect you in the home. A court can only make an order about a property you both lived in (or were intended to live in) together. It can confirm your right to live there, and ‘regulate’ occupation by defining clearly which areas of the property you can each enter, and when. Alternatively, it can effectively remove the perpetrator of abuse from the property and impose an exclusion zone around it.

We know it can be difficult to seek advice, but we have experience with a wide range of domestic abuse cases, and there are many ways we can help you.

Please, if you’re experiencing domestic abuse, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The Stephens Scown Family Law team is ranked independently as the best in the region for divorce and family law.

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