Women’s Aid defines domestic abuse as “an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner but also by a family member or carer”. It is very common. In the vast majority of cases, it is experienced by women and perpetuated by men

It can include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Financial or economic abuse
  • Harassment and stalking
  • Online or digital abuse

The impact of domestic abuse can be wide-reaching and devastating for the victim and their children.

At Holmes Family Law we understand that domestic abuse is a very complex and sensitive issue. We recognise that there are many reasons why victims find it extremely hard to leave abusive relationships. There are many remedies including legal options available to victims to safeguard themselves and their children from ongoing domestic abuse from a partner, ex-partner or family member.

Our team of specialist and sympathetic family lawyers can advise and assist you and help you work through the difficulties you are currently facing. We can advise about:

  • Non-Molestation Orders
  • Occupation Orders
  • Orders specifically regarding your children, where appropriate
  • Divorce
  • Financial Remedy Orders

We will help you decide upon the right course of action for you and your family, ensuring at all times that your safety and wellbeing are paramount and that all steps taken are at a pace that you feel comfortable with.

Our firm receives regular referrals from local organisations including domestic abuse charities, the Police and social services. We offer a 24/7 helpline on 0191 5009338 which was launched to specifically help those who require advice from a specialist solicitor outside of office hours. Please see our testimonials from past clients who have accessed and have benefitted from our specialist domestic abuse expertise.

We will always have your best interests at heart and will work tirelessly to provide the best possible legal service.