Being in an abusive relationship is serious and can often be an emotionally damaging time for everyone involved. That’s why it’s crucial to seek professional legal assistance from a domestic abuse lawyer who can provide you with your legal options, including the type of injunctions that may be available.
When you choose to work alongside our team, you can be confident that we will sensitively and compassionately approach these matters, making sure you are comfortable and supported throughout the matter. We will provide practical guidance, ensuring you get the protection and help needed.
Our domestic violence solicitors in London can provide expertise in matters such as:
- Non-molestation Orders
- Occupation Orders
- Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Orders
At Huggins Lewis Foskett, our specialist domestic abuse lawyers can provide expert assistance in obtaining the right order for your circumstances. No matter your circumstances we can provide the support you need. Our team of domestic abuse solicitors have years of combined experience helping clients navigate one of life’s hardest situations. With us by your side, you can be confident in getting the best outcome.
Why choose Huggins Lewis Foskett for domestic abuse advice?
Our family law team have helped many people escape from their abusers and rebuild their lives for the better for many years. We approach all domestic violence situations with the utmost sensitivity and will deliver carefully tailored advice and support to remove you from the situation and prevent your abuser from being able to inflict any further harm to you and your loved ones.
Our domestic violence assistance
Our physical and emotional abuse solicitors can provide domestic abuse legal advice and assist you in applying to court for a number of injunctions which can help to protect you and your children from your abuser. Examples of the injunctions available include:
Non-molestation Orders (NMOs)
A non-molestation is obtained from the court. The order prevents your abuser from threatening or physically abusing you or your children, in addition, to approaching you or your family home.
What an occupation order does is control who is allowed to live in your family home. This order can prevent your abuser from being able to live in your family home, even if you have moved out for safety reasons and wish to return to your home. An order is usually made for 6-12 months.
Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Orders
It is also possible to get emergency protection in place, known as a DVPN, which lasts for 48 hours. This is most normally issued by a police constable, solicitor employed by the police or a barrister or legal advisor who has been instructed by the police to obtain a DVPN.
A DVPO can then be applied for and will stay in place for up to 28 days.
Everything you need to know about domestic abuse
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse is defined as controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, whether it is one incident or a series of incidents. There are many different types of domestic abuse, some less recognised as abuse than others. Examples of these types of abuse include:
- Coercive control – coercive control refers tp assaults, threats, humiliation, and intimidation in order to harm and scare their victim
- Physical abuse – any abuse that intends to cause injury to the victim, such as slapping, punching, kicking, strangling, and more
- Emotional/mental abuse – abuse to mentally hurt, weaken and scare, causing their thoughts to become distorted
- Sexual abuse – sexual behaviour performed without the victim’s consent. It also includes physically hurting their partner during sexual activities, forcing their partner to have sex without protection or birth control
- Verbal abuse – verballing using words to threaten and scare the victim
- Financial abuse – this could be controlling all the household finances, not letting their partner access their bank account
How long does it take to get an order?
How long an order will take to grant depends on the seriousness. For example, a non-molestation court order applied for as an emergency can take from 3 to 14 days or longer.
How long does a domestic abuse injunction last for?
How long a domestic violence injunction lasts for depends on the circumstances of your situation. Most domestic abuse injunctions usually last for a period of 6-12 months, however, they can be extended. There is no limit on how long an injunction can be extended for.
What happens if you breach an injunction?
Injunctions are set by the court, meaning if one was to breach an injunction, they would be arrested due to being contempt of law and would face punishment for the breach, either an unlimited fine, prison sentence of up to two years or both.
Our domestic abuse fees
Fixed fee domestic violence
Depending on the severity of your case, we may be able to offer our services on a fixed fee basis. This provides complete certainty over costs from the outset. We will also advise you if you may qualify for a Legal Aid and if you did we would help you to find a firm of solicitors holding a contact with the Legal Aid Agency.
Hourly rates for domestic violence
For any matters more complex and require additional ongoing support, we will charge according to our solicitors for domestic abuse set hourly rates.
For an indication of our costs, please - contact us, and we can book you in for a free, up to 30 minutes consultation.
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