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Domestic Violence

Cygnet Law has a dedicated team to help and support victims of domestic abuse. The team are able to offer appointments at very short notice to ensure that appropriate and protective measures are put in place as soon as possible.

We have a sympathetic approach and will do our upmost to ensure clients are comfortable in discussing such matters. We understand that clients may also be dealing with many other issues as a consequence of the Domestic Abuse that they have suffered and we will therefore ensure that our advice is given clearly and comprehensively.

Our Domestic Abuse team can also provide advice in relation to children’s matters. This advice may be sought by clients who are concerned that their children may also be at risk of harm. Our team are able to assist clients wishing to take appropriate action to put protective measures in place to protect children too.

We have a wealth of experience in assessing eligibility for Legal Aid dealing with Legal Aid applications, which remain available for victims of Domestic Abuse.

The protective measures which can advise upon and take steps to put in place are as follows:

Non-Molestation Orders

An Order which the Court can make to protect a person from intimidating, threatening or harassing behaviour and violence by the perpetrator. This Order can prohibit the perpetrator from attending a person’s property and can also include provision to protect children.

Breach of Non-Molestation Order is a criminal offence.

Drafting Warning Letters

We can prepare correspondence to provide a formal warning to the perpetrator in respect of intimidating or harassing behaviour.

Occupation Orders

An Order which the Court can make to declare that a person can exclusively occupy a property and that the perpetrator is excluded from the same in order to protect a person and their children.

Child Arrangements Order

An Order the Court can make which details whom children should live with and how much time children shall spend with the non-resident parent.

Prohibited Steps Orders

An Order which the Court can make to prohibit the other parent from removing children from the care of the parent whom the child lives with where there is concern that the children may be at risk of harm.

 

Meet the Domestic Violence Team

Gemma Brooke

Solicitor/Head of Private Client Department

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Janet Ford

Solicitor

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Stephanie Bellerby

Legal Assistant

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