Domestic Abuse Solicitor Essex: Get The Help You Need

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Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. It can happen in any type of relationship, including marriage, cohabitation, dating, and same-sex relationships.

It’s worth noting that domestic abuse is a serious issue that can have long-term effects on the physical and mental health of the victim and their family members, and it is important that victims reach out for help and support.

Domestic abuse, including emotional abuse, controlling behaviour and coercive control are a criminal offence. Victims of domestic violence or abuse can be protected by the law, and a family law solicitor can help victims of domestic abuse to understand their legal options and obtain specific Court Orders to keep them safe from their abuser.


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What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse, also known as domestic violence, is a pattern of behaviour used by one person to exert power and control over another person with whom they have or have had an intimate relationship. It can take many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and financial abuse.

Physical abuse is any intentional use of physical force with the intent to cause fear, injury or harm. Examples of physical abuse include hitting, pushing, slapping, choking, or using a weapon.

Sexual abuse is any form of sexual contact or behaviour that occurs without the explicit consent of the victim. Examples of sexual abuse include rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.

Emotional and psychological abuse is any form of behaviour that harms the victim’s mental or emotional well-being. Examples of emotional and psychological abuse include verbal abuse, manipulation, isolation, and controlling coercive behaviour.

Financial abuse is any form of behaviour that limits or controls the victim’s access to economic resources. Examples of financial abuse include controlling the victim’s access to money, withholding financial support, and preventing the victim from working.

Domestic Abuse Solicitor Essex – FAQ’s

How can our panel domestic abuse solicitor Essex assist?

Our panel of domestic violence solicitors have years of experience in cases involving domestic abuse. Our solicitors can assist by providing legal representation and legal advice to individuals who are suffering from domestic abuse. This may include assistance with obtaining an Occupation Order, a Non-Molestation Order, representation in criminal proceedings, and advising on issues related to child custody and divorce. Your appointed domestic abuse solicitor, Essex, will work to protect the rights and interests of the individual, and may also provide support and guidance on other matters such as housing and benefits.

What is an Occupation Order?

An Occupation Order can be sought under the Family Law Act 1996. It is a type of court order that states who can live in a shared family home. It can be used to exclude an abuser from a shared home, or to require an abuser to leave a shared home, either temporarily or permanently. It can also be used to specify which parts of the home the abuser can or cannot enter, and to impose conditions on the abuser’s behaviour, such as not contacting the victim or going near their place of work or education.

In order to obtain an Occupation Order, the victim would need to apply to the court and provide evidence of the abuse they have suffered. This can include evidence of physical, emotional, sexual, or financial abuse. The court will consider the evidence and make a decision based on what is necessary to protect the victim and any dependent children from further harm.

An occupation order can be granted in conjunction with a non-molestation order.

What is a Non-Molestation Order?

A non-molestation order is a type of injunction that prohibits someone from engaging in certain types of behaviour, such as harassment, violence, or threatening violence, towards another person. These orders are typically sought by individuals who are experiencing domestic abuse or harassment from a partner or family member. A non-molestation order can be granted on a temporary or permanent basis and can include conditions, such as requiring the defendant to stay away from the victim’s home or place of work. Breaching a non-molestation order is a criminal offense, punishable by imprisonment.

Is Legal Aid available to victims of domestic abuse?

In cases involving domestic abuse, legal aid is available for civil injunctions (such as non-molestation orders) and for family law cases involving children. Legal aid can also be available for criminal cases, for example if the victim is testifying against the abuser, where the victim is in danger or the case is serious.

It’s important to note that legal aid is being cut back in recent years, it’s best to check with your solicitor to see if you’re eligible for legal aid and what kind of support they can offer you.

Why Choose Expert Family Law's panel of domestic abuse solicitors, Essex

Our panel of domestic abuse solicitors Essex 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.

The family law teams on our panel deal with a range of family law issues and comprise of divorce solicitors, domestic abuse solicitors and child arrangement solicitors.

Please contact us 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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