Anyone in a relationship can be affected by domestic abuse.

Domestic violence causes the breakdown of many family relationships and we can help you take the first step to ending the violence.

Domestic violence and abuse can be any incident or pattern of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence and abuse from those aged 16 and over, who are or have been intimate partners or are family members.

It can happen among heterosexual couples and in same-sex partnerships, and occurs within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, and economic levels.

The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to, psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional, controlling, and coercive behaviour.

If you are suffering abuse from a partner or relative, the law is able to give you protection, both in the short and longer term.

If you are in immediate danger, you can apply for an order on an emergency basis.

There are two types of injunction we can arrange to protect you:

  • A non-molestation order: used to prevent the threat or use of violence, intimidation, harassment or pestering. The court will take into account all of your circumstances, including the need to secure the health, safety and wellbeing of any children.
  • An occupation order: this can be obtained when significant harm to you or your children is likely. It can include a requirement that your partner/spouse leave the home and exclude them from the surrounding area. Orders are usually made for a six month period, but can be extended.

If you are suffering from domestic abuse or violence in your relationship, Woodfines can help.

We understand the need to address the issue quickly and sensitively.

Our friendly and supportive Family Lawyers can help you, so that you can make a fresh start.

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For further help or advice, please contact a member of our Family Law team at one of our offices, or email

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