What is Domestic Abuse/Violence?
Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship. It can seriously harm children and young people and witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse. It is important to remember domestic abuse:
- can happen inside and outside the home
- can happen over the phone, on the internet and on social networking sites
- can happen in any relationship and can continue even after the relationship has ended
- both men and women can be abused or abusers
If you believe that you are a victim of Domestic Abuse then please make an appointment to come and see one of our friendly specialist advisers to discuss how we can protect you and your children from experiencing or witnessing any further violence. There are options available from the court at short notice such as Non-Molestation and Occupation orders which can be made in certain circumstances without notice being given to the abuser.
Carvill & Johnson are proud to hold a Legal Aid Contract which means that we can apply for Legal Aid for these types of orders at your initial meeting, subject to you meeting the criteria. This could mean you do not have to pay for the court proceedings.
If your partner has issued proceedings against you as an alleged abuser, then again, our team of specialist lawyers are equipped to help you move forward in the best way possible for you and your family. It is important that you engage with these proceedings, as this could affect your relationship with any children of the family. Unfortunately, there is no legal aid available for the accused within Non-Molestation proceedings unless there are rare and exceptional circumstances, and so again our initial meeting fee which includes up to 45 minutes face to face interview with one of our lawyers together with a letter of advice is available for the fixed fee of £120 (inclusive of vat) which is payable upon your arrival for your appointment together with production of your identification.