If you are in an abusive relationship or being abused by someone who isn’t your partner, there is help available. Abuse can be directed against another adult or a child. Children can suffer from abuse directly or indirectly if they witness, hear or experience the aftermath of the abuse.
Our solicitors can help you apply for the right Court Order and support you through the process. We can also help you if your partner or abuser breaches the terms of the Order.
If you are in immediate danger, call the police – dial 999.
If you need legal advice urgently, Tees provides out of hours support. Call our family law emergency number on 07757 674760 to talk to a solicitor.
Where matters are not being addressed through police action, most situations can be managed by an occupation order or non-molestation order. These orders place restrictions on the person who is being abusive, for example, preventing them from living in the house, contacting you etc.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse and are considering divorce, you may already have started to look at, or get advice on the financial implications. It may be that financial protection for you can be arranged as part of the divorce, as a result of the domestic abuse situation. The financial actions available are different for non-married families and we can provide specialist advice on this.
If you want a lawyer to take a closer look at your situation, our family and divorce lawyers are based in:
But we can help you wherever you are in England and Wales.
Domestic violence or domestic abuse can include any incident of threatening behaviour or violence and is a criminal offence. Types of domestic violence include:
Controlling or coercive behaviour in intimate or familial relationships is a criminal offence where the behaviour has a serious effect on the victim. Examples of controlling or coercive behaviour can include acts of domestic violence, but also includes:
An occupation order is a type of order that the court can make, that regulates who is entitled to live in a property. An occupation order can:
A non-molestation order prohibits someone from behaving in a certain way towards another person. Each non-molestation order will be tailored to address individual circumstances. If you have applied for a non-molestation order it can, among other things: