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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.

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