Domestic Abuse and Emergency Protection

If you are being abused by a partner or relative, the law is able to offer you protection. 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. We have good links with local support agencies and will work with you and your family to secure your safety and wellbeing.

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

Family violence is:

  • 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 are:

  • or have been married to one another;
  • or have been adult interdependent partners of one another;
  • living together or have lived together in an intimate relationship;
  • the parents of one or more children, regardless of their marital status or whether they have lived together at any time;
  • related to each other by blood, marriage, adoption or by virtue of an adult interdependent relationship;
  • 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 on-going risk of violence to the victim with the objective of securing a co-ordinated approach across agencies for the protection of victims and the management of perpetrators.


Domestic violence protection orders (DVPO’s) are a new power introduced by the Crime and Security Act 2010, and enable the police to put in place protection for the victim in the immediate aftermath of a domestic violence incident.  Under DVPOs, 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.

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, including; Knaresborough, Harrogate, York, Ripon, Leyburn, Darlington, Richmond, Stokesley, Northallerton and Thirsk.  We can talk on the phone or arrange a meeting where we can talk through your options.

We are ready to listen.



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Domestic Abuse and Emergency Protection Team