Domestic Abuse Law

If you are being abused by a partner or relative, domestic abuse law is able to offer you protection. A domestic abuse solicitor from our family law team will talk through your case sensitively and confidentially and ensure you receive the support and guidance you need.

Our domestic abuse and emergency protection specialists will discuss a range of options with you to protect you, your children and your property, such as a domestic restraining order. We have useful links with local support agencies and will work with you and your family to secure your safety and wellbeing.

What is Family Violence?

Sometimes it is hard to recognise family violence, especially when you are being victimised.

Family Violence Refers to:

  • an injury to family members or damage to property that is intended to intimidate or harm a family member;
  • any act or threat that causes a family member to be afraid for their safety or their property, and which is intended to intimidate or harm a family member;
  • forced confinement;
  • sexual abuse; and/or
  • stalking.

Family Members are Persons Who:

  • have been married to one another;
  • have been interdependent adult partners of one another;
  • are living together or have lived together in an intimate relationship;
  • are the parents of one or more children, regardless of their marital status or whether they have lived together at any time;
  • are related to each other by blood, marriage, adoption or by virtue of an interdependent adult relationship;
  • are residing together where one of the persons has care and custody over the other pursuant to an order; and
  • children under the care and custody of a person in any of the circumstances listed above.

Domestic Violence Protection Notices (DVPN) & Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPO)

A DVPN and DVPO is aimed at domestic perpetrators (18 or over) who present an ongoing risk of violence to the victim with the objective of securing a coordinated approach across agencies for the protection of victims and the management of perpetrators.


A Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) is a new power introduced by the Crime and Security Act 2010 and enables the police to put protection in place for the victim in the immediate aftermath of a domestic violence incident. Under a domestic protection order of this nature, the perpetrator can be prevented from returning to a residence and from having contact with the victim for up to 28 days, allowing the victim a level of breathing space to consider their options, with the help of a support agency. This provides the victim with immediate protection through a form of a domestic restraining order.

A domestic abuse solicitor is able to advise and reassure you if you are suffering domestic abuse or family violence. Contact our team today for guidance with your case.

Our family law team is here to help.

Please call us to find out how we can help. We have offices across Yorkshire, Teesside and County Durham.  We can talk on the phone or arrange a meeting where we can talk through your options.

We are ready to listen.