Domestic Violence or Abuse

Domestic Violence or Abuse

If you have been the victim of Domestic Violence or Domestic Abuse, you may be eligible for legal aid. You will need to provide evidence that you or your children have suffered abuse and that you can’t afford to pay legal costs.

If you have been the victim of domestic violence, then we would recommend that you speak with one of our legal aid or Civil Legal Advice (CLA) solicitors as soon as possible. You won’t need to provide your evidence right away but your solicitor will need to see it prior to making an application for legal aid.

Evidence of Domestic Violence or Domestic Abuse

You’ll normally need to show that you or your children are or have been at risk of harm from a current or ex-partner. You may also have to disclose any injuries or conditions caused by domestic abuse or violence. This can be in the form of a letter from the police or your GP. If the abuse has been physical and you have reported it to the Police, then a Police report may also be sufficient.

You can also ask for evidence from:
  • the courts
  • a multi-agency risk assessment conference (MARAC)
  • social services
  • a health professional, e.g. a doctor, nurse, midwife, psychologist or health visitor
  • a refuge manager
  • a domestic violence support service
Once you have your evidence you will need to provide it to your legal aid solicitor.

If you have been a victim of Domestic Violence or abuse and you require a Non-Molestation Order or you want to start Divorce Proceedings, then please contact us to today so we can begin to assist you.

Domestic violence or abuse is unacceptable and you should report it.

Domestic violence and abuse - The Definition

The official definition of domestic violence and abuse is:
any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:
  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Controlling Behaviour

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour

Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

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