Domestic Violence

Victims of domestic violence frequently feel helpless and taking action against a domestic abuser can seem like a huge step especially when it maybe someone who they continue to love or is a parent of their child.

Please do not think that you are alone. Victims of domestic violence are protected under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 (DVCVA). There are a number of court orders which can protect domestic violence victims from further abuse and intimidation, including:

  • Non-molestation order - this is aimed at preventing the abuser from using any threatening violence against you or your child or from intimidating, harassing or pestering you. This helps promote your safety and well-being both for you and your child.
  • Occupation order - this regulates who can live at the family home and can also restrict the abuser from entering the surrounding area. If you do not feel safe continuing to live with your partner or if you have left home due to violence but wish to return and exclude the abuser this order should be sought.

If a court order is granted, any breach of the order by an abuser may result in the abuser being jailed by the court.

Signature Law LLP can also advise on:

  • Domestic violence on children
  • Domestic violence in same sex couples

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence can occur in relationships in which people live in the same household or share an intimate relationship, including:

  • Domestic violence in heterosexual or same sex/LGBTQ couples
  • Abuse between girlfriends and boyfriends who do not live together
  • Harassment by former partners
  • Abusive relationships between parents and children
  • Abuse against elderly family members
  • Abuse between flatmates/lodgers
  • Female genital mutilation/forced marriage

Domestic violence may also include different types of behaviour which is intended to threaten and intimidate or cause harm to the other party, including:

  • Controlling behaviour
  • Criminal damage to property
  • Emotional abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Harassment and intimidation
  • Physical abuse/injury
  • Psychological abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Stalking
  • Verbal abuse

Domestic violence may involve one or more of the above and it is important to take legal advice on tackling domestic abuse before the situation escalates.