Domestic Abuse & Violence
At Sills & Betteridge, we offer a 24 hour service to provide victims of domestic abuse with advice in the event of an emergency. The number to call or text is 07557850212.
There isn’t a day goes by one when an incident of domestic abuse is reported either in the news or in the newspapers. Stories of murder, manslaughter and assaults are reported family. Two women a week are killed in a domestic abuse incident. Often this happens in front of their children or when the children are at home.
Domestic Abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of coercive, controlling, threatening, degrading and abusive behavior. Domestic abuse can include coercive control, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, physical or sexual abuse, financial abuse, harassment and online or digital abuse. Domestic Abuse is not discriminatory and can affect anyone.
The majority of cases of Domestic Abuse are perpetrated by a partner or an ex partner but Domestic Abuse can be perpetrated by a family member. Domestic Abuse can affect both male and females.
Talking to a solicitor about your situation is a huge step. It can be daunting but here at Sills & Betteridge our family team are able to support you through the process of obtaining legal protection. We work closely with local domestic abuse services and can help you get further support if needed. We understand that it can be difficult to discuss domestic abuse and our team ensure that our clients feel supported and comfortable throughout the legal process.
We offer a free half an hour consultation with a specialist who works predominantly with domestic abuse victims. We can provide you with the full range of options available to you. Your consultation is completely confidential and you are free to bring a friend or another professional along with you for support.
It may be necessary for you to have to take out an emergency injunction to protect yourself. These are known as Non Molestation and Occupation Orders. These are orders granted by the court requiring the person who has been abusive to you to stay away from you.
We aim to ensure that the orders are applied for within 48 hours of you coming into the office and giving instructions. We will ensure the perpetrator is served with the order.
We will advise on eligibility for public funding and apply for legal aid on your behalf, where appropriate.
National Centre for Domestic Violence
We are very proud to be on the solicitors panel of the National Centre for Domestic Violence https://www.ncdv.org.uk/. We provide a free, emergency injunction service to those experiencing domestic abuse and violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation, to all NCDV referred clients.