Rainer Hughes

Domestic Abuse

What is domestic abuse?

We define domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. It is unfortunately very common.

Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Financial or economic abuse
  • Harassment and stalking
  • Online or digital abuse

If you are the victim of domestic abuse, there are ways in which we can help. Our Family Team can give you advice on your options. We can help you apply to the Court for a Non-Molestation Order which will help protect you and this can also be achieved without letting the perpetrator know by applying to the Court for an ex-parte Non-Molestation Order. If successful, the Court will grant the Order without the other party knowing until they are served with the order. This will offer you protection. Get in touch with our Family Team to get help guidance with your process.

Key Experience

Actively advising clients on matters related to domestic abuse, harassment, molestation, retrieving costs on behalf of clients etc., against their partners

Successfully acted for a father whose child was in primary care of the mother.

Successfully made a financial claim and settlement for our client who had not dealt with finances during her separation.

Acted for a client who was subject to regular domestic abuse which involved the kin of the victim witnessing and being in the same environment.