Domestic abuse

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


Every minute in the UK the police receive a call from the public for assistance because of domestic violence.

And that’s the tip of the iceberg because the majority of incidents go unreported happening behind ‘closed’ doors.  In any one year there are an estimated 13 million separate incidents of physical violence or threats of violence from partners or former partners.

Domestic violence can take many forms, from a physical or sexual attack to less obvious psychological, emotional or even financial abuse. Above all it is insidious, often repetitive and destroys lives and families. These grim statistics reinforce how complex and inter-related the realities of domestic violence are not just for its direct victims, but for other people in the household.

Our family law solicitors are experienced in helping the victims of abuse to obtain the full protection that the law has to offer, as well as advising them about other support services that are available to help them come to terms with their experiences.  We have national accredited specialists in domestic violence as well as 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.

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

Occupation order
This deals with the occupation of the home. The court can only make an order about a property in which you both lived (or were intended to live) together. It can confirm your right to live there, “regulate” occupation so that it can define which areas of the property you can each enter and when, remove the perpetrator from the property and impose an exclusion zone around the property.

We know it can be difficult to seek advice but we have experienced many different situations and can help you.  Please do get in touch.

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