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Domestic Violence and Abuse Solicitors
At Johnson Astills we want to help and support you to take the first step to stop domestic violence and abuse.
If you are in a relationship where you have experienced domestic violence or come out of a relationship and threats of violence are being made, a member of our ‘Domestic Violence’ team can help you to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of age, social background, religion, gender, sexuality or ethnicity. We understand this can be a confusing and traumatic time and our experienced team will guide you through the legal process with sensitivity and professionalism.
No-one should have to suffer abuse – contact us and make the first step in stopping the abuse now.
What constitutes domestic violence and abuse?
Many people think domestic violence and abuse is limited to the physical violence inflicted by one person upon another but domestic violence and abuse can take a number of different forms.
The government definition of domestic violence and abuse states:
“any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, 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. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:
Forced marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) are also forms of domestic abuse. It’s important to recognise that you are not to blame, and you should seek help if you are affected by any of these issues outlined above. We urge you to get in touch with us for advice to protect yourself.
How can we help….
At Johnson Astills our team can assist you in applying to the Court for a Non-Molestation Order (Injunction) to prohibit your abuser from subjecting you to further violence and abuse.
If you are living in the same property as your abuser, we can advise you whether you can apply to the Court for an Order so that you may be permitted to live in the property on your own and have your abuser removed. This is called an Occupation Order.
Legal Aid is available for both Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders. We will let you know if you qualify for Legal Aid and can carry out an assessment over the phone. If you do not qualify then we can offer advice, assistance and representation on a private basis and offer hourly rates or fixed fee options to suit your needs.
Your enquiry will be dealt with in total confidence. Members of our Domestic Violence and Abuse team at Johnson Astills have years of experience dealing with domestic abuse cases and we promise to give you the best advice based upon your circumstances. We recognise and understand that this is a difficult time and that domestic violence can affect all aspects of your life and those around you.
At Johnson Astills we work with the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) who pass work to us that they receive from the Police, Social Services and other agencies. We also have good links with Women's Aid, UAVA, Sure Start and Citizen's Advice Bureau.
It is important that you get help and support. Contact us today