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It doesn’t matter whether the abuse is physical, emotional, sexual or psychological or over what period the abusive behaviour occurs, domestic violence is against the law.
At Canter Levin & Berg we have specialist domestic violence solicitors who deal exclusively with cases involving people who have suffered abuse. If you or a member of your family is suffering from domestic violence or from threatened domestic violence in the home and you need legal advice, then our domestic violence solicitors are here to help.
Legal Aid Funding is available for many people who need legal advice in situations where they have been the victim of domestic violence.
Our domestic violence solicitors can provide you with the advice you need, whether you just want an initial appointment at a fixed fee to discuss your options or whether you need to make an urgent court application for an injunction (a non-molestation order to protect you and/or your children from harm), or an occupation order to ensure your ex-partner does not return to live in your home or does not approach it.
Anyone can be a victim of violence, regardless of their age or gender. Domestic violence applies to any situation where one or more people harm someone that they have a relationship with. Domestic violence does not necessarily take place exclusively within the home of the victim or the perpetrator. Elderly people and young children can be particularly vulnerable to domestic violence and they may not be able to defend themselves from their attacker. The specialist domestic violence solicitors at Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors are trained to deal with delicate issues surrounding domestic violence cases in a sensitive and professional manner.
In any situation where you are suffering from domestic violence or you know or suspect a family member, friend or relative is suffering from domestic violence then it is important that you seek advice from a professional domestic violence solicitor. Our domestic violence team has helped many people who have been in situations where they have suffered some form of abuse to get the legal protection they need. For a confidential discussion with one of our domestic violence solicitors to find out how we can help you, call Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors today.
As specialists in domestic violence law, our solicitors can offer guidance and assistance on the legal options available to allow you to gain protection from your abuser. In domestic violence law one of the legal options open to you is to apply to a court for an injunction. There are two types of injunction available under the Family Law Act 1996 to help to protect you from domestic violence. These are Non-Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders. If necessary your domestic violence law solicitor can represent you in an application for one of these orders.
A Non-Molestation Order is an injunction that prevents someone you have had a relationship with, or who you have lived with, from using violence or threats of violence against you or your children. This covers a wide variety of behaviours including intimidation, harassment and pestering that, whilst they might not be physically harmful, can also play a part in domestic abuse. Following recent changes to domestic violence law, if a Non-Molestation Order is made, then breach of that Order is itself a criminal offence, even if no other crime is committed at the time the Order is breached. This means any breach needs to be reported to the police. Criminal Courts have the power to sentence someone who breaks an order to a maximum term of 5 years imprisonment.
If you have experienced domestic violence then your immediate concerns are probably for your safety and for the safety of your children or anyone else who is also suffering from domestic violence in your home. If you have reached the stage where you are no longer living with the perpetrator of the domestic violence you should be able to make a claim for domestic violence compensation. At Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors our domestic violence legal team can explain the process of claiming compensation for domestic violence.
Domestic violence compensation claims must be made to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. To qualify for domestic violence compensation after abuse from a relative or partner, there are a number of points that must apply. For example, if you are over 16 you must no longer be living with your abuser and there must be no chance that your abuser could benefit from any compensation you receive. You must also have reported the domestic violence to the police and co-operated fully with any investigation and any criminal proceedings that were brought. For a discussion about domestic violence compensation with one of the solicitors from our Family Law department call 0151 239 1181.