Domestic abuse

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is unfortunately something that many people experience. Steps can be taken to protect you from your abuser and our expert solicitors can support you with this.

At Tinsdills Solicitors, we know how difficult it can be to seek out support if you are a victim of domestic abuse. We also know that taking those first steps are crucial, both for your own safety and that of your family.

We offer compassionate and highly practical support in response to domestic abuse enquiries, keeping everything as straightforward as possible so that you understand what actions need to be taken. With our team’s support, you can be certain that there will be no delays and that the necessary action can be taken at the earliest opportunity.

Our team can also step in to support you if you require urgent protection from your abuser through making an emergency injunction ‘without notice’.

Please note that we do not deal with Legal Aid enquiries for any Family Law work.

To arrange an initial appointment with one of our domestic abuse solicitors in Hanley, Leek, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, or Sandbach please call 01782 652300 or use the enquiry form on the right hand side of the page.

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    Our Expertise with Domestic Abuse

    Non-molestation and occupation orders can be used to protect you and your family from an abuser. Non-molestation orders detail what a respondent (the person the order applies to) is forbidden from doing, whereby an occupation order regulates who can live in the family home. Breaching an order is a criminal offence, which could result in an arrest.

    Our domestic abuse solicitors can carefully review your situation and advise you on the most appropriate course of action regarding the order you should apply for. We can then draft and submit a robust application that is personalised to your circumstances.

    Within any court hearings that follow the initial application, we can also represent you, reducing the anxiety you may already be dealing with as far as possible.

    While you are taking immediate steps to protect you and your family from an abuse, you will also have a range of additional considerations to make, including the ways you can sever your existing ties with them. For example, if your abuser is your spouse, you may see fit to launch divorce or separation proceedings.

    Our team can support you with this process, as well as making additional arrangements for children. With our support, you can be certain that you will have taken the appropriate steps to starting the next chapter of your life.

    Meet Our Dedicated Domestic Abuse Team

    “Heather was very informative and thorough, if I didn’t understand anything she kindly explained everything. She has been an amazing help and I want to thank her for everything she has assisted me with.”

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    Our central goal is to satisfy our client’s needs. Here’s just a few of them, in their own words, detailing how we do exactly that.

    “I have been going through a very messy divorce and Heather and Tinsdills have been my rock. Her advice has been invaluable and she has kept me from going in all gung ho in the divorce proceedings. I would highly recommend their services and I’m still using them for my ongoing issues.”

    “I was really pleased with my solicitor Karen with all the help and support she gave me regarding my situation. Would highly recommend.”

    Get in Touch With Our Domestic Abuse Solicitors Today

    If you would like to discuss any matters related to domestic abuse, or any other associated issues, please get in touch with a member of our team today.

    Our family law team will be available to guide you through every step of making an injunction, offering carefully tailored advice that is sensitive to your situation and the outcome you desire.

    Initial appointments with our family law team are priced at £125 + VAT. Please note we do not accept Legal Aid enquiries for any Family Law work.

    To arrange an appointment with one of our domestic abuse solicitors in Hanley, Leek, Newcastle-Under-Lyme or Sandbach, please call 01782 652300 or use the enquiry form on the right hand side of the page.

    Domestic Abuse FAQs

    Domestic abuse (also often referred to as domestic violence) encompasses a range of behaviours and actions that a person can inflict. While many people may assume that domestic abuse only relates to acts of physical violence, this is not the case.

    Domestic abuse includes physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and financial abuse.

    Anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse may be coerced into believe that they are at fault. This is not true. When an abuser makes a victim believe that they are at fault for the abusive behaviours, this is known as gaslighting.

    Coercive control is an offence in of itself, established in the Serious Crime Act 2015. It is a type of domestic abuse which involves behaviour which is designed to manipulate the way a victim acts, thinks and feels.

    To be eligible to make a domestic abuse injunction, such as a non-molestation or occupation order, you mut be considered an ‘associated person’.

    This means that you must be related or associated with the abuser in one of the following ways:

    • Are married or were ever married or engaged to be married
    • Are or ever were in a civil partnership or agreed to form a civil partnership
    • Are or were living together (cohabiting)
    • Live in the same household (for example, a flat share)
    • Are related (by blood, marriage, civil partnership or cohabitation)
    • Have a child together
    • Have or had parental responsibility for the child
    • Are or were in an intimate relationship for a significant period

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