At Levins, our family law department has years of expertise in dealing with domestic abuse cases. We understand that many of our clients who are going through these issues lack confidence. They are suffering and often feel alone and powerless. There may also be children involved which makes the situation even more serious. We therefore approach these cases with sensitivity and expertise.
If you are the victim of domestic abuse before you seek legal advice from a specialist solicitor please make sure you contact the police. Most forces have specialist domestic abuse teams and are used to dealing with these issues. These situations should be treated as an emergency and treated seriously by the police.
Domestic Violence is a very broad term. It can cover lots of situations such as emotional abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, coercive control, financial abuse and physical abuse. The common theme is that perpetrators of domestic violence like to exert control over their victim. Some people who are experiencing domestic abuse won’t even recognise that they are.
According to the Metropolitan Police “Domestic abuse is categorised by any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality”. Domestic violence is not just limited to men abusing women. Male victims can also experience domestic abuse at the hands of their female or male partners. Women can abuse women. Everyone deserves equal rights and protection.
Our friendly and supportive team are here to help. They will explain how they can help and explain the options available to you. There are several options available but commonly we can apply to the court for a Non-Molestation Order. Once this order is made, your partner can be prohibited from coming near your property, making threats, communicating with you, damaging or threatening to damage your property or harassing you or your children. Breach of a Non-Molestation Order constitutes a criminal offence meaning the perpetrator will be investigated by and often arrested by Police. There are serious repercussions for breaching the order including; fines, imprisonment and unpaid work. We can also advise you in relation to applying for an Occupation Order if your partner refuses to leave your home after domestic abuse has taken place
You can be assured that whatever action needs to be taken with be taken quickly and professionally by Jannine and her team.
There may also be Legal Aid available to you if you are a victim of domestic abuse. The Legal Aid Agency will simply require evidence to show that you are either in receipt of benefits or receiving a low income. In the event that you do not qualify for Legal Aid, our family team can offer a competitive fixed fee for preparing your application, statement and securing an order for you.
If you need advice in relation to domestic violance to contact us on 0151 480 5777. Areas we cover include Huyton, Liverpool, Merseyside, North West, North Wales, Cheshire, Lancashire.