Sadly, domestic abuse remains common place and the statistics confirm that prosecution for domestic abuse related offences are on the rise. Hopefully, that rise is due to more men and women affected by domestic abuse coming forward and seeking protection.
Domestic abuse is not just a women’s issue, men and children often suffer from domestic abuse too. Many of those who experience domestic abuse feel unable to make reports to the police or come forward and admit the situation they face at home or in their relationships. The chilling reality is, often this abuse is taking place behind closed doors and in their own homes where everyone deserves to feel safe.
When we hear of domestic abuse, images of black eyes and other injuries come to mind. Often, however, domestic abuse takes other forms. Domestic abuse is defined as any incident or patterns of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between intimate partners or family members. Domestic abuse can therefore include physical, psychological, sexual, financial and emotional abuse.
There are ways to protect against domestic abuse continuing. Hattons Solicitors can represent you in making applications to the Family Court for Orders such as Non-Molestation Orders and Occupation Orders. A Non-Molestation Order offers protection by making it a criminal offence for the abuse to continue. The Orders are often detailed and can prevent a named person from using or threatening violence against you or coming within a certain distance of your property. An Occupation Order can help protect you by removing a person’s right to enter the family home even if they legally own it.
Here at Hattons we have specialist lawyers committed to helping those who are often most vulnerable and in need of protection.
We are proud to continue to hold a contract with the Legal Aid Agency which means that we can arrange for your legal representation to be paid for by Legal Aid. We also have close links with local domestic violence support organisations whom we can put you in touch with to offer further support.
Call Hattons Solicitors today on 01744 744400 for free impartial advice. We’re on your side.
Family Mediation is now available by appointment on alternate Saturday mornings, starting October 29th, between 9:30am and 12:30pm with Debapriya Choudhuri.
Mr Choudhuri is an Accredited Specialist for Resolution which is committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. This means that he follows a strict Code of Conduct that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. He is also an Accredited Specialist on the Advanced Panel of the Law Society.
If you would like to make an appointment or to find out about Hattons Family Mediation services call 0800 298 9690 or alternatively fill in the form here.
We are proud to hold a contract with the Legal Aid Agency enabling us to advise and represent clients funded by Legal Aid.
Despite significant changes being made to the availability of Legal Aid in April 2013, it is still possible to obtain Legal Aid for family matters. We remain committed to providing services under Legal Aid and undertake a free assessment to any person seeking to ascertain their eligibility.
We are proud to announce we are now able to offer Family Mediation following the recent qualification of Mr.Choudhuri as a Mediator through Resolution.
Debapriya Choudhuri qualified as a specialist Family Law Solicitor in 1995 since which time he has gained extensive experience in representing parties involved in Divorce and financial matters, cohabitation disputes and the arrangements for children following family breakdown.
The Department welcomed Kayley Farmer in December 2014, who is working towards her CILEX. She joins the Family Team to develop and strengthen the same. We are proud of the development, achievements and the aspirations of the Family Department, which was set up only 3 Years ago.
We are also pleased to announce that Deb Choudhuri has recently been appointed as a Member on the National Committee for the Domestic Abuse Group with Resolution. He is also the Secretary for Merseyside Resolution and a Member of the Family sub Committee with Liverpool Law Society.