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If you are at immediate risk of domestic abuse, call the police on 999

You can call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or visit: www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse takes many forms: physical, emotional, financial, sexual and mental. And it can happen to anyone. But one thing remains the same; it is never the survivor’s fault.

Domestic abuse is a crime and isn’t restricted to physical violence. Coercive and controlling behaviour was criminalised in December 2015, which means the police can take protective action and prosecute abusers. 

And there is support out there. You can find a range of charities, organisations and resources below. 

Support and advice on domestic abuse

Support is available to help you deal with any form of domestic abuse. Below you’ll find a range of national and local charities and services that can help you. 

Alternatively, the 24/7 National Domestic Violence Helpline is 0808 2000 247 and www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk 

Support and advice on domestic abuse

Support is available to help you deal with any form of domestic abuse. Below you’ll find a range of national and local charities and services that can help you. 

Alternatively, the 24/7 National Domestic Violence Helpline is 0808 2000 247 and www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk 

Injunctions and protective orders

 

Working alongside a family lawyer, you can take legal steps to keep your abusive partner away from you in family court. For this, there are two types of injunctions:

Non-molestation order: This prohibits someone from using violence against the other person. This includes threatening, pestering, or molesting them, as well as coming within a specified radius of their home or other specified premises or encouraging another person to do so. Watch a video explaining more…

Occupation order: This excludes one party from occupying a home or from coming within a stated radius of it.

You can apply for these orders yourself, but it is important that you work with a family lawyer who has experience in domestic abuse cases, as they will have the skills and knowledge to help you.

Legal aid

You may be entitled to legal aid for domestic abuse in some circumstances. This would potentially cover legal advice, family mediation, and representation in court. Find out more in our Guide to Legal Aid, check your eligibility, and search for a Legal Aid lawyer.

Please note Stowe Family Law is unable to offer legal aid, as we do not have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency.

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