Tuckers Solicitors has extensive experience in defending allegations of domestic violence.
Domestic violence may be physical, sexual or psychological. It may be alleged by anyone with whom you are in a domestic relationship, or have been in the past – for example, your spouse, partner, or child.
It is important to remember that domestic abuse goes beyond physical violence. The law recognises that emotional and mental abuse such as belittling, name-calling or other forms of harassment can do just as much damage as physical abuse. These types of allegations provoke emotional responses and our lawyers are trained to deal with such matters.
Serious assaults and sexual offences would be charged under the normal assault and sexual offences law, but the fact that they are domestic violence incidents would be highlighted to the court, and becomes an aggravating factor in sentence.
Recently the police and courts have also used the offence of “controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship.” This often involves assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten a person. Specifically, the behaviour is designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour. This is taken seriously by the court and our solicitors are on hand to assist you is you are charged with such an offence.
Some examples of other other orders available to the court to assist with protecting vulnerable complainants are:
- non-Molestation Orders (Injunctions) that demands the person to stop the behaviour they have been inflicting;
- Restraining Order – preventing contact, sometimes for an indefinite period;
- Domestic Violence Protection Orders – this will often create conditions which prevent the parties being in contact or living together, even where there has been no conviction.
Such Orders can severely impact your liberty or your access to your children. They can be challenged and with the right legal advice you may prevent these being imposed altogether.
Our expert lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing immediate, first class legal advice, assistance and representation during criminal proceedings; ensuring the best possible outcome for our clients. For more information please contact General Crime department on 020 7388 8333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org