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If you are suffering domestic abuse (sometimes called domestic violence), our Family Law Solicitors can help you to use the law to secure your personal safety and stay safe.
Taking legal advice can be an important step towards breaking free from domestic abuse, but we understand that this can be a difficult step to take. We offer a free initial consultation, including an assessment for legal aid. If you need advice, call our specialist Domestic Abuse Lawyers 0n 0800 138 0458.
How can a Solicitor help?
All of our Family Lawyers are experienced in domestic abuse matters and many are accredited specialists in this area of Family Law. When you come to our Family Law Solicitors, we’ll discuss the available options with you. The best approach will depend on your situation. The available options include:
- Warning letters to the to the person perpetrating the violence
- Applications to court for orders to prohibit further abuse
- Applications to the court for orders to allow the victim to live in the family home to the exclusion of the perpetrator of violence. Court orders of these types can often be made the same day.
Our Family Lawyers can also advise in relation to many of the issues that may arise as a result of a decision to break free from an abusive relationship or family situation, including:
- Divorce and Separation
- Immigration and Asylum
This means that, unlike many law firms, Switalskis can offer a complete service – you won’t have to go to many different organisations to get the help and advice you need in these areas.
What is Domestic Abuse?
The Government defines domestic abuse as: “Any incident of threatening behavior, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.” Domestic abuse has many forms, the most obvious ones being physical abuse: things like punching, slapping, hair pulling, pushing, grabbing, nipping or non-consensual sexual activity/advances. Domestic abuse is not always physical abuse. It is important to remember also that domestic abuse is not limited to obvious physical violence. It can take other forms, for example: threats and intimidation, harassment and stalking, financial deprivation, verbal abuse and insults, emotional abuse (controlling/ domineering behaviour). Domestic abuse can also involve threats of deportation to those who may not have secured their right to live in the country, or who have been led to believe they have no right to live in the UK. Domestic abuse cuts across all boundaries of social group, class, race, lifestyle, disability and religion. It can affect anyone. However, it is recognised that domestic abuse:
- is usually the abuse of women by their male partners
- also occurs between other family members
- causes significant harm to any children in the household
- needs particular procedures and practices to tackle it effectively.
Get help for Domestic Abuse
Our specialist Domestic Abuse Solicitors are experienced, dedicated and compassionate legal professionals, who help victims of domestic abuse and their children to obtain legal protection, escape domestic abuse and rebuild their lives. We offer a free consultation, which includes an assessment of eligibility for legal aid. For those who do not qualify for legal aid, we can provide an estimate of legal costs. We also offer:
- A 24-hour Domestic Abuse Helpline – for immediate advice call 0800 138 5536
- A dedicated team of experienced, specialist lawyers and support staff who will respond quickly and sensitively.
- Priority appointments to deal with matters swiftly.
- Out-of-hours appointments, upon request.
- Solicitors with additional language skills, including Urdu, Punjabi and Gujarati.
- Solicitors with in-depth knowledge and understanding of South Asian cultures – in particular an awareness that domestic abuse victims of such origins can find it very difficult to take action.
Arrange your free consultation with our Family Lawyers. Call 0800 138 0458, or complete our contact form.