Domestic Abuse and Injunctions
Herrington Carmichael advise on the legal protections that can be put in place and can point you in the direction of local organisations.
We have considerable experience acting for individuals and families suffering domestic violence and recognise the harmful impact of controlling and coercive behaviour on its victims. We pride ourselves on being highly approachable, sensitive, and supportive during what can be a difficult and emotional time.
Please note that we do not offer Legal Aid.
If you would like assistance or further information, please contact a member of the team on 01276 686222.
What is a Non-Molestation Order?
In certain circumstances, the court may make a Non-Molestation Order prohibiting someone from using or threatening violence against an ex-partner or instructing a third party to do so. A non-molestation order carries with it an automatic power of arrest if breached.
What is an Occupation Order?
In certain circumstances, the court may make an Occupation Order ousting one party from the family home.
I have been falsely accused of domestic abuse – can you help?
Yes. If you have been served with court papers notifying you that your partner has applied for an injunction against you and that there is a hearing taking place in the Family Court, it is important that you take advice as soon as possible. If you do not attend the hearing, there is a risk that an order may be made in your absence. If an order is made, there could be serious consequences if you then inadvertently breach the terms of the order.
The existence of a non-molestation injunction order could have far-reaching consequences, particularly if you have children. If you do have children, an order could affect when and where you see your children, so it is important to seek legal advice early.
Our team of highly skilled lawyers has experience in handling complex domestic abuse defence cases. We can help you to defend a non-molestation injunction order application and ensure that your voice is heard so that you are able to rebut any untrue allegations.
Request a phone or video call with a member of the family team.
Key contacts for local organisations
Offers a free 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline and contains details of local, regional and national services specialising in violence against women and girls including domestic abuse, sexual violence, forced marriage and stalking/harassment.
Tel: 0808 2000 247
National Domestic Violence Helpline
A free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic abuse and violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.
Tel: 0800 970 2070
Their confidential helpline is available for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence across the UK as well as their friends, family, neighbours, work colleagues and employers.
Tel: 01823 334 244
Supporting LGBT+ people who are victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence, hate crime, so-called conversion therapies, honour-based abuse, forced marriage, and other forms of abuse.
Tel: 0800 999 5428
We do not offer legal aid at Herrington Carmichael. However, you may wish to contact one of the following if you think that you are eligible:
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