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Domestic violence and emotional abuse can happen to anyone, and it can have a lasting impact on victims of abuse, and can make the family home an unpleasant and unsafe environment. If you think you, a family member, or a friend may be the victim of domestic abuse, it is vital that you understand and recognise the signs of domestic abuse and know what to do to get help and support. Expert Family Law have a panel of specialist domestic abuse solicitors who can provide confidential advice and assistance to victims of domestic violence, emotional abuse and financial abuse.

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Signs of domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is not always physical, and it can take many forms, such as “gaslighting” and cohesive control, economic and financial abuse, emotional abuse, online abuse, threatening or intimidating behaviour. Some of the main signs of domestic abuse may include:

  • Physical and/or sexual abuse
  • Being cut-off from friends and family
  • Controlling, bullying or threatening behaviour
  • A partner taking control of your finances
  • A partner limiting or monitoring your use of technology

If you think you, a friend or family member is being abused, some things you should look out for include:

  • Physical marks, such as bruises, scratches, burns or bite marks on the body
  • Becoming withdrawn or isolated
  • Having finances controlled and being unable to pay bills, buy food or medication
  • Not being allowed to leave the home
  • Being pressured into sex or physical intimacy
  • Having someone else monitor communication, such as texts, email and social media
  • Being told that you are overreacting or that you are the cause of the abuse
  • Being belittled and repeatedly put down

Domestic Abuse Solicitors – FAQ’s

What is domestic violence?

Anyone can become a victim of domestic violence, regardless of their sex, gender, sexuality, race, or living status. Domestic violence can include physical attacks on one person by the other; however, it may also include sexual, emotional, or financial abuse. Children can also be victims of domestic violence.

What is emotional abuse?

Emotional or psychological abuse is mainly verbal and will usually involve an abuser:

  • Controlling a victim
  • Making threats to a victim
  • Humiliating a victim
  • Playing “mind games” with a victim
  • Ignoring a victim
  • Constantly putting a victim down or making them feel worthless

Emotional abuse is particularly dangerous as there are no physical signs of the abuse on the victim, making it very difficult to spot, even for the victim.

Who can help victims of domestic abuse?

If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic abuse, there are many sources of help out there, these include:

  • A solicitor
  • The police
  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline ( 24 hours a day 0808 2000 247).
  • Bright Sky App
  • Women’s Aid
  • Victim Support
I am a victim of domestic abuse, what are my options?

If you are the victim of any type of domestic abuse, there are many options open to you. These include:

  • Reporting the abuse to the police
  • Leaving the family home and finding somewhere else to stay on a temporary or permanent basis (some domestic abuse charities or organisations may be able to assist you in finding somewhere to stay)
  • Staying in your home and getting the abuser to leave the home (an order from the court may be necessary for this)
How can domestic abuse solicitors help?

As well as providing legal advice, a solicitor can assist you in obtaining a Court order or injunction to help protect you and your children from an abusive person. These types of orders are called non-molestation orders or occupation orders and can help to protect you and your children from a previous or current partner, a family member, or someone you previously or currently live with.

A order can be applied for via email, post or online and can be done without the help of a solicitor; however, many victims opt to instruct domestic violence solicitors to ensure they are taking the right route and alleviating the stress of making the application themselves.

If you are married to your abuser and wish to obtain a divorce, an expert from our panel of family law solicitors can help you through this process, as well as sorting out finances and the splitting of assets after the divorce.

If you have children with the abuser, a family law solicitor will be able to provide you with the best advice and assistance on ensuring appropriate contact arrangements are in place between your former partner and your children.

Do I need to pay for a domestic abuse solicitor?

Legal Aid is often available to help fund domestic abuse cases. You should discuss fees with your solicitor; but in some circumstances, if Legal Aid is not an option for your case, your domestic abuse solicitor may agree to take on your case on a no win, no fee agreement. Others may charge a fixed fee for their work. Fees will always be discussed and agreed with you, prior to the initiation of your case.

I am being accused of domestic abuse, what should I do?

If you are facing allegations of domestic abuse, a solicitor can help you consider the following and can provide assistance with:

  • Deciding upon your living arrangements
  • Protecting you from further allegations
  • Protecting your rights and preserving your interests to the family home
  • Ensuring appropriate contact arrangements can take place between yourself and your children
How can Expert Family Law's panel of domestic abuse solicitors help?

Our panel of domestic abuse solicitors will ensure you get the best advice and will ensure you are made safe from your abuser as soon as possible. We can assist by obtaining the right court order or injunction as well as assisting in divorce, child arrangements and ancillary relief.

We understand that being a victim of domestic abuse can be extremely distressing. We ensure that the domestic abuse solicitors on our panel have the skills and experience required to assist on your legal case. We can assure you that your case will be dealt with in a compassionate and understanding manner.

Get in touch today using the form at the top of the page to find out if a family law solicitor from our panel could help on your case.

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