As part of the Family law team, I specialise in helping victims of domestic abuse and helping them to regain their confidence, self-esteem and ability to make decisions. I detest violence and bullying and, with over 20 years’ experience, I’m recognised throughout the country as an expert in the field. I’ll do everything I can to protect you, make you feel safe, and give you some much-needed breathing room.
If you need my help, I’ll meet you in a place of safety, and depending on how urgent the situation, I’ll seek to obtain emergency protection within 24–48 hours of our first meeting. I’m always available to speak to you if there are any breaches to your injunction, and I’m prepared to go the extra mile, treating you with dignity and respect.
I work with a variety of different agencies involved with domestic abuse cases, including the police, Women’s Aid, Children’s Services, the NHS, schools and nurseries and social services, who often refer clients to me.
I’m passionate about raising awareness for domestic abuse victims, and well as supporting clients, I train people within specialist agencies, and have sat as a member of police groups to help launch new forms of preventative measures.
If you choose to take my advice and take back control of your life, you’ll be a totally different person in six months.
If you don’t want to support a criminal prosecution for fear of reprisal, I can offer alternative solutions – however, don’t take this route if you’re not prepared to report any breaches of an injunction.
Be honest about your situation, whether good or bad – this demonstrates to the court or any other agency that you are being open, honest and that you have nothing to hide.
Will I have to face my ex in court?
No – precautions can be put in place to ensure your safety, including entering the court building by way of a separate entrance; remaining in a conference room for all proceedings up to final hearing; or giving evidence from behind a screen, or by video link at the court or from another court. If your ex is dangerous, we can arrange police presence at court to avoid a breach of the peace.
How will I be protected under the terms of the Order?
Usually, the terms will be tailored to your specific needs and circumstances. I’ll take you through the terms, which could state that your ex cannot come within 100 metres of where you work or live, where your children go to school, or of a family member’s address. It may also include protection against threats of violence, or contact via telephone, text message, social media or email.
What happens if my ex breaches the Order?
It is a criminal offence to breach the terms of the Order and depending on the severity of the breach, they can be remanded or face criminal conviction where they can be sent to prison for up to five years. Any breaches must be reported to the police and you will have to provide a statement supporting the breach.
How will I fund this?
To start with, I’ll go through your finances with you to understand your current situation. You may be eligible for Legal Aid, and in this instance, I’ll take you through your responsibilities under a legal aid certificate. If you aren’t eligible, I will provide an estimate of costs, and will always suggest seeking a costs order against the other party to help pay for the proceedings. We can also offer litigation loans if appropriate.