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Domestic Violence

Duncan Lewis Domestic Violence Solicitors


Victims of domestic violence frequently feel helpless and taking action against a domestic abuser can seem like a huge step.


However, victims of domestic violence are protected under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 (DVCVA) – and there are a number of court orders which can protect domestic violence victims from further abuse and intimidation, including:

  • Non-molestation order
  • Occupation order.

If a court order is granted, any breach of the order by an abuser may result in the abuser being jailed by the court.


Duncan Lewis is a leading provider of Legal Aid Services for victims of domestic violence and can also advise on:

  • Domestic violence on children
  • Domestic violence in same sex couples
  • Legal Aid for domestic violence.
What is domestic violence?


Domestic violence can occur in relationships in which people live in the same household or share an intimate relationship, including:

  • Domestic violence in heterosexual or same sex/LGBTQ couples
  • Abuse between girlfriends and boyfriends who do not live together
  • Harassment by former partners
  • Abusive relationships between parents and children
  • Abuse against elderly family members
  • Abuse between flatmates/lodgers.
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)/forced marriage.

Domestic violence may also include different types of behaviour which is intended to threaten and intimidate or cause harm to the other party, including:

  • Controlling behaviour
  • Criminal damage to property
  • Emotional abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Harassment and intimidation
  • Physical abuse/injury
  • Psychological abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Stalking
  • Verbal abuse.

Domestic violence may involve one or more of the above – and it is important to take legal advice on tackling domestic abuse before the situation escalates.


Duncan Lewis Domestic Violence Solicitors – Legal Aid


Duncan Lewis offers a confidential, dedicated legal helpline for victims of domestic violence – and can advise on taking legal action to prevent further harm to adults and children in urgent cases where there is immediate risk of domestic violence or child abuse.


Victims of domestic violence – and parents of children who have been subjected to domestic violence or child abuse – are usually entitled to Legal Aid if they can show that domestic violence has occurred, or parents have received a Pre-proceedings Letter from Social Services following a Section 47 enquiry.


Evidence of domestic violence may include:

  • GP letter or letter from a health professional
  • Police crime number or letter from police
  • Evidence from a housing officer.


Duncan Lewis domestic violence solicitors can advise further on applying for Legal Aid for domestic violence and child abuse cases.


Duncan Lewis Domestic Violence Solicitors – Help for Domestic Violence Victims


Duncan Lewis is ranked by the Legal 500 2014 for its Family & Matrimonial 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 domestic violence solicitors and child care solicitors have the necessary expertise to help victims of domestic violence take action to prevent abuse or harassment.


Duncan Lewis advises on family law and child care law under UK law and Islamic law.


For confidential and expert legal help with domestic violence, call the Duncan Lewis Domestic Violence Solicitors Helpline on 0800 689 3275.

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