Domestic Abuse and Domestic Violence Solicitors London
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 999 first and ask for the police.
Domestic abuse and domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of socio-economic position and sexual orientation. Both men and women are victims. According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in the year ending March 2018, an estimated 2 million adults aged 16 to 59 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year. Of these, 1.3 million victims were women and 695,000 were men.
In our office the word ‘domestic’ is inconsequential to us – violence is violence.
Shabana Sultana, who leads our family law team has over 20 years’ experience in this area of law and has a well-earned reputation in the courts of fighting ferociously to ensure her clients and their children are protected.
Contact our Domestic Abuse and Domestic Violence Solicitors in London
The right solicitor changes everything. Anglo Law Solicitors provides expert legal advice on Domestic Abuse and Domestic Violence.
Speak directly to a family solicitor now on 020 3741 9583 or complete our online contact form for your free consultation. For evening and weekend assistance, please call our family law solicitors on 07749 448362.
Anglo law solicitors serve client across the following areas:
The City of London, Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Southwark, Bishopsgate, Billingsgate, Canary Wharf, Spitalfields, Aldgate, Bethnal Green, Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge, Kent, Tunbridge Wells, West Malling, Chafford Hundred, Chelmsford, Brentwood, Epping & Loughton
What is domestic abuse?
The charity 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”.
Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to:
- Sexual violence
- Physical violence
- Psychological and emotional abuse
- Financial abuse – i.e. withholding access to money or preventing you from working
- Harassment and stalking
- Online abuse
- Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
The most important thing to remember is that, regardless of what the perpetrator tells you, domestic abuse is never your fault. You and your children have a right to be safe. Our team will ensure you are.
What if I cannot afford to pay for a solicitor?
Domestic abuse victims may get legal aid to help pay for legal costs. We will explain all your options to you and ensure that you receive any funding you are entitled to. If you require an interpreter, we can arrange one for you. In our office, we speak Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi fluently.
It is important to take the following steps to protect yourself:
- Make sure you have a fully charged mobile phone at hand in case of emergencies
- Have both the emergency and local police station telephone numbers memorised and the numbers of any relevant organisation, such as social services on hand
- Memorise telephone numbers for close friends, relatives, and your solicitor
- Have a code word to use when calling others which will alert them that you are in danger and the police should be called
- Have people you trust to check on you
- Make sure your car always has at least a half tank of fuel, and you have a separate key hidden in a safe place
- Have a bag of essential items in a safe place containing cash, clothing, essential documents such as your passport, and telephone numbers
- Make sure your home is secure and, if you can trust your neighbours, tell them to call the police if they hear any sounds of violence
- Tell your solicitor and other support services if it is not safe to call you at home
What is a Non-Molestation Order?
A Non-Molestation Order prohibits the Respondent from threatening, using violence, and/or intimidating you and your children. If the Respondent breaches the Non-Molestation Order, they can be arrested.
If you are in immediate danger, an application for a Non-Molestation Order can be made on the same day without the Respondent being at a court hearing. This is known as applying ex-parte (without notice). If the court grants a “without notice” order, you will have to return to court for a full hearing once your abuser has been served with notice.
Our team will fly into immediate action to ensure a Non-Molestation Order is put in place for your protection. We know exactly what evidence the court will require to grant the Order and will assist you with collating it. We will also direct you to support services who can provide you with safe accommodation and counsellors and financial advisors to assist you with putting your life back together.
What is an Occupation Order?
If you obtain an Occupation Order, you and your children will have the right to occupy a home, even if you are not on the legal title. This is vitally important for victims of domestic abuse who have been isolated from friends and family, had their self-confidence shattered, and have little access to financial resources. Being able to remain in your home means you can retain a sense of security for your family and your children can continue to attend the same school.
The power of arrest can be attached to an Occupation Order.
Our team will ensure a strong application is produced so you can obtain the right to live in your home for a period. This will give you time to complete legal proceedings and make decisions to move on to a positive future.
For further support, you can contact : Refuge on 0808 2000 247 or the ManKind Initiative on 01823 334244. Both services are completely confidential.