Victims of domestic abuse frequently feel helpless. Taking action against an abuser is a huge step. However, victims of domestic abuse are protected under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 (DVCVA) and Domestic Abuse Act 2021.
There are several court orders, which were expanded by the Domestic Abuse Act 2021, that can protect victims from further abuse and intimidation, including:
Duncan Lewis is a leading provider of Legal Aid Services for victims of domestic violence and can advise on a range of circumstances, including, but not limited to:
The Domestic Abuse Act came into force on 29th April 2021. The aim of the Act is to increase awareness of Domestic Abuse and, provide additional support to victims. The Act provides a statutory definition of Domestic Abuse, composed of three parts:
Abusive behaviour consists of any of the following:
Domestic abuse may involve one or more of the above – and it is vital to seek legal advice on tackling domestic abuse before the situation escalates. Duncan Lewis Solicitors aims to give people a voice. Our lawyers have extensive experience handling sensitive and complex cases, involving vulnerable individuals, whereby you can be sure you are in safe hands.
Further provisions within the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 are of particular significance to Family Law proceedings. These include key definitions regarding behaviour that counts as domestic abuse, relationships between parties (under the Act domestic abuse is not limited to romantic partnerships), local authority support, special measures for victims of domestic abuse in family proceedings, and prohibiting expenses for medical evidence.
Duncan Lewis offers a confidential, dedicated legal helpline for victims of domestic abuse who can assist in taking legal action to prevent further harm to adults and children in urgent cases where there is immediate risk of domestic abuse and/or child abuse.
Victims of domestic abuse – and parents of children who have been subjected to abuse – are usually entitled to Legal Aid if they can show that domestic abuse has occurred, or parents have received a Pre-proceedings Letter from Social Services following a Section 47 enquiry.
Evidence of domestic abuse may include:
Duncan Lewis can advise further on applying for Legal Aid.
Duncan Lewis is ranked and recommended by the Legal 500 UK legal directory for its excellence in Family & Childcare work – and the Duncan Lewis team includes Advanced Members of the Law Society’s Family Panel and members of the Law Society Children Panel – so our solicitors have the necessary expertise to help victims take action to prevent abuse or harassment.
For confidential and expert legal help with domestic violence, call the Duncan Lewis Domestic Violence Solicitors on 03337722409.