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Domestic Violence Solicitors

Irwin Mitchell’s "very knowledgeable and compassionate" team "provides fantastic advice"

Legal 500, 2016

Irwin Mitchell’s "very knowledgeable and compassionate" team "provides fantastic advice"

Legal 500, 2016

Everyone has the right to live without fear for their safety. If you are the victim of domestic violence, our team of experienced family law solicitors can help to protect you and your family.

It’s important to work with a law firm you can trust. We have dealt with a range of domestic violence cases over many years, working with sensitivity and understanding to help you resolve your situation as quickly as possible.

Our legal experts can help you:

  • Apply for a court order to protect you from violence, threats of violence and harassment
  • Apply for a court order to stop a person entering or coming near your home
  • Work to protect your children
  • Resolve any financial issues
  • Divorce from a partner who has been abusive.

We can sort out financial matters or childcare arrangements on your behalf, if you do not wish to deal directly with your partner. We also provide access to a range of professional organisations offering support and advice to those who have experienced domestic violence, helping you and your family to heal and move forward.

Whatever help you need, our expert family law solicitors will work quickly and carefully to ensure you and your loved ones are protected. To find out more about how we can help, call us for a completely confidential consultation on 0345 604 4911 or contact us online and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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  • Ros Bever
  • National Head of Family Law
Meet the team
Martin Loxley
Martin Loxley Sheffield

"Absolutely fantastic", "nationally known, pragmatic, and a hard negotiator."

Legal 500, 2016
Domestic Violence Solicitors - More Information
    • Will I Have To Move Out Of My Home?
    • Every case is different, so it is important to seek expert legal advice as soon as possible. In some cases you may need to move but that’s not always necessary.

      We have dealt with a range of domestic violence cases over many years. Our expertise ensures our service is understanding and sensitive, helping you get a speedy resolution within a safe, confidential space.

      Among other services, our family law solicitors can help you:

      • Apply for a court order to protect you from violence, threats of violence and harassment
      • Apply for a court order to stop a person entering or coming near your home
      • Work to protect your children.

      If you do have to leave your property, it may only be temporary, and we can help you take the necessary steps to return safely.

      For more guidance or a full consultation on your case, call us on 0345 604 4911 or contact us online and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

    • How And When Do I Pay For Your Services?
    • Legal aid funding may be available to victims of domestic violence. Unfortunately we can’t accept legal aid cases, but if we believe that your circumstances might entitle you to receive legal aid, we will refer you to a firm that can help you.

      If you are not eligible for legal aid, we will discuss the likely costs of your case with you and give you clear estimates at every stage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will My Former Partner Get Access To The Children?

When deciding whether to grant access, the court's primary concern is to ensure your children are safe when they spend time with your former partner.

The court considers a welfare checklist when making this decision, using factors such as:

  • The parent's ability to meet the child's needs
  • Any harm or risk of harm occurring to the child
  • Your child's age, gender and background
  • The likely impact of contact on your child's care arrangements
  • Your child's physical, emotional and educational needs

The answers to these are determined by the court and its officers, who may also interview your child to find out their wishes.

If it is decided that your partner should not care for the children on their own for any period of time, other forms of access – such as by phone or in the presence of a third party – may be granted. Sometimes, neutral contact centres, where abusive former partners are supervised by professionals, can be used.

Each case is dealt with on its own merits, so for advice on your situation and what options are available, speak to our team today. We have extensive experience in dealing with childcare arrangements, including situations where supervised contact is necessary, and everything you tell us will be entirely confidential.

Contact us via phone on 0345 604 4911 or get in touch online and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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Can You Divorce A Partner On The Grounds Of Domestic Violence?

It is possible that an incident of domestic violence would be sufficient for you to initiate divorce proceedings against your spouse.

Any incidence of violence is deemed to be unreasonable behaviour, which is one of the legal grounds for divorce, so you could explain what you have suffered and divorce your partner as a result.

We understand this is an extremely distressing time. We have decades of experience helping victims of domestic abuse – assisting with divorce, and obtaining the necessary legal protections to safeguard them and their children.

For completely confidential advice on your situation, whether you are ready to initiate a divorce or just want to know what your options are, call us on 0345 604 4911 orcontact us online and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Can I Bring Criminal Charges Against My Partner?

Any decision on whether your partner can be prosecuted for a crime rests with the police, in conjunction with the Crown Prosecution Service. You should speak to your local police service as soon as possible.

You can contact your local police force by dialling 101, or find their contact details via their website. A list of regional police force websites is available here. In any emergency situation, dial 999.

For confidential advice on divorcing an abusive partner – whether you are ready to start proceedings or just want to know what your options are – call us on 0345 604 4911 or contact us online and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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I live in Scotland, can Irwin Mitchell help me?

Our expert family law team works with a number of trusted partners to help our clients with family law issues in Scotland.

We’ll be your point of contact and manage the entire process for you throughout. You’ll get frequent progress updates and we’ll break down any legal jargon into plain English so you’re always in the loop.

To find out more about how we can help, give us a call on 0345 604 4911 or contact us online.

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