At Bastows, our team of family law specialists have experience in dealing with all aspects of domestic violence and we handle all cases with the utmost care and sensitivity.
Our Domestic Violence solicitors can advise on the best course of action take to ensure the safety and protection of you and your children.
Unfortunately domestic violence is common in England and Wales. Research suggests that 1 in 4 women have been the victim of domestic violence at some point in their lives. Domestic Violence can occur in many different forms including physical, psychological, sexual and financial. This can also include harassment, which includes stalking, telephoning and contacting the victim at their home or at their place of work.
If you have been a victim of domestic violence or harassment then it is important to take immediate action in order to stop it from happening again in future. It can have a lasting emotional and physical impact on not only the victim but close friends, family and children.
You may be entitled to legal funding from the Legal Services Commission. This is dependent upon your means. The financial limits on income have been extended for applications in Domestic Violence and the merits of your case.
If you are eligible for Public Funding on financial grounds and are the Respondent to a non molestation application then you will not normally be granted funding to defend. However you may obtain funding to defend an occupation order because your occupation of your home is at risk. A respondent will also obtain funding for a committal hearing (providing he or she qualifies on means) because the individual’s liberty is at risk.
Fear of Violence
If you or your children are at risk of violence and you have nowhere to escape to, you should be offered temporary accommodation at a refuge from Women’s Aid. You should also be granted priority as a homeless person on council housing list.
For more information or for expert advice from our Domestic Violence Solicitors, please contact us on 0845 680 6045 and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.