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Domestic violence & abuse

Lodders’ team of specialist family law solicitors understands that domestic abuse can happen to anyone and can include any physical, sexual or psychological abuse, harassment, and coercive and controlling behaviour. We appreciate that it is often difficult to seek help. We will handle your matter with expertise, sensitivity, and empathy. Our full scope of legal advice is set out below.

Our team will provide a sympathetic approach to guide you through and help protect you and your children.

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Led by the highly experienced Beverley Morris, our Family Law team is committed to putting our clients first. Personal service and taking responsibility are essential elements of Lodders’ overall client care, together with offering a confidential and discreet service.

We offer representation and guidance for the following protective orders:

  • Injunctions under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.
  • Orders under Part IV Family Law Act 1996 where the parties are ‘associated’ i.e relatives, cohabitees or former cohabitees, spouses, civil partners, parents of the same child, in an intimate relationship for significant duration.
    • Non molestation orders – injunctions to prohibit the use or threat of violence, abuse, harassment, direct or indirect contact, going within a certain radius of your home. 
    • Occupation orders – granting/restricting/ regulating occupation of the family home.

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Questions answered

Not sure that this is the service for you? Take a look at some of our frequently asked questions for more information.

If you are living with a partner or are married and you are experiencing domestic violence, which could consist of physical, sexual or psychological abuse, including threats of harm, you are entitled to seek the protection of the Court through an injunction.

Is intended to prohibit someone from committing acts of harm, either directly or through other means.

This type of injunction, once made by the Court and served upon the other side and the police, carries with it an automatic power of arrest if the terms of the injunction are breached, something that acts as a valuable deterrent.

If you have been served with a non-molestation order, we are here to assist you with the next steps whilst minimising the hassle involved for you.

At Lodders, we understand that not every application for a non-molestation order is made in good faith and you may need to defend your position.

An occupation order excludes a person from remaining or returning to a property, regardless of whether it is an owned or rented property.

The Court can also order, for instance, that the party excluded from a property is to pay various outgoings in relation to that property notwithstanding that he or she is not permitted to live there while the occupation order is in place.

We offer urgent appointments to meet with you to discuss your situation, as we believe it is vital that progress is made swiftly once you make the decision to seek protection.

We understand that domestic violence can happen to anyone and that it can be an incredibly difficult step to seek help, let alone talk about it.

Which is why our specialist family team are available to guide you through the process of obtaining protection for yourself and your children, and provide you with sound legal advice.

Simply click the ‘Get in touch’ button at the top this page or visit our contact page link below.