Family Law & Divorce Solicitors

Domestic Abuse & Injunctions

As many as 1 in 4 women will suffer domestic abuse at some point in their lives. It can affect men as well and it always affects any children involved in the relationship.

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Alexandra J Kenyon Alexandra J Kenyon

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    As many as 1 in 4 women will suffer domestic abuse at some point in their lives. Domestic abuse also affects men and in the vast majority of cases where children are involved in a relationship, the children will suffer both short-term and long-term disadvantages and psychological problems associated with domestic abuse.

    Over the years we have helped many people arrange protection from abusive partners and obtain injunctions to prevent further instances occurring throughout Ormskirk, Burscough, Southport, Mawdesley, Wigan, Skelmersdale, Parbold and across Lancashire and Merseyside.

    Our specialist family law solicitors will be able to help you with your legal requirements. If you feel that you are stuck in a cycle of domestic abuse our friendly team of domestic abuse solicitors in Lancashire can help you secure safety in your life and take out an injunction against the person causing you harm.

    Domestic abuse is a wide ranging term and is often used to describe the following:

    • Physical abuse – hitting, slapping, pushing, kicking, and other forms of physical intimidation
    • Sexual abuse – forcing you to perform sexual acts that you do not want to do
    • Verbal abuse – where your partner yells at you, puts you down or calls you names, using verbal intimidation
    • Emotional abuse – speaking in ways that are frightening or threatening and manipulative
    • Financial abuse – refusing to involve you in financial decision making that involves both parties or the household
    • Spiritual abuse – stopping you from practising the religion of your choice
    • Coercive and Controlling Behaviour – controlling what you do, whom you talk to, where you go, and your entire social life and circle of friends

    There are two types of injunction order, which domestic abuse solicitors in Southport can be sought to protect you:

    • A Non-Molestation order

    This order protects you from the threat of abuse and the use of intimidation, harassment or pestering. When making such an order, the court can take into account all relevant circumstances, including the need to secure the safety and health of the applicant and any relevant child in the relationship. The order prohibits the other party from molesting another person associated with that party, and/or a relevant child. The order may be specific in act of molestation or refer to molestation in general, and can be applied for a set period of time or until the Court issues a further order at a later, unspecified date.

    • An Occupation order

    The Court can regulate the occupational status of the home, excluding the other party from the home, and the immediate area surrounding the home. It can also change the status of the other party’s occupation right’s depending on the circumstance (it can prohibit, terminate or restrict occupation). The Court can order this if there is significant risk of harm to you and/or your children. The order may demand that your partner/spouse leave home, deny them the right to occupy the home and exclude them from a defined area around the home. A balance of harm test will be relevant for this process to be undertaken by the Court. The test will differ to each person’s particular circumstance and your domestic abuse solicitors in Lancashire will support you throughout the entire process.

    Your domestic abuse solicitors on Merseyside will be able to assist you with dialoguing with the court regarding both non-molestation and occupation orders. When first considering legal action it is a daunting process and we completely understand this. Our solicitors are highly trained in all matters relating to domestic abuse and can explain everything that you need to know, the processes that will have to be undertaken and your legal rights.

    If you would like to find out more information about our service our friendly and discreet team of domestic abuse solicitors in Ormskirk are ready to take your call. We understand the sensitive nature of cases involving domestic abuse and want you to know that we are here to support you throughout the entire process, always willing to listen and happy to advise on your possible actions and outcomes. You can contact us easily by filling out a contact form on our website, where we will return to you at a convenient time. Alternatively you can call 01695 574 201 or email

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