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Family Law: Domestic Abuse in Lockdown

Since the UK Government imposed social distancing rules and asked members of the public to remain at home, domestic abuse charities have experienced an enormous increase in the number of calls from victims seeking assistance. The charity, Refuge reported that it had experienced a 49% increase in calls over a three week period.

Domestic abuse can present in many forms, such as emotional abuse, physical abuse, psychological abuse, financial abuse and sexual abuse.

If a person is a victim of domestic abuse, it can be very difficult to talk to someone about what is happening. In many cases, victims are unaware of their options. If a person is married to the perpetrator, their finances are linked, they are living in the same property with nowhere to go or there are children involved, it may be time to seek legal advice.

Legal Aid and Domestic Violence

Legal Aid is available for a variety of family matters, including children matters, financial matters during a breakdown of a relationship or marriage or an application for an injunction (an order excluding someone from the home or preventing a perpetrator from contacting a victim of domestic abuse).

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse and is in need of advice, please contact our Family Department. We specialise in divorce, separation, finances, children matters and injunctions.

In 2014, a joint study was carried out by Rights of Women, Women’s Aid Federation England and Welsh Women’s Aid. The study showed that 75% of people stated it was difficult or very difficult to find a solicitor who carried out public funding work in their area.

We are authorised to undertake work funded by the Legal Aid Agency. If you are not eligible for Legal Aid, we can carry out work under fixed fees where possible.

We work closely with domestic abuse charities and are aware of how difficult it can be to seek help.

We offer initial consultations free of charge, so please telephone the office and a member of the Family Department will return your call (01633 867000).

If you are in immediate danger you should dial 999 and ask for the police.

If a perpetrator is in the home with you or you cannot use a phone, you can access our website and request a call back at a specified safe time. (https://www.rlo.law/contact-us/).


Here are some useful links to domestic abuse hotlines for both men and women:


The Silent Solution guide from the police – dial 999 and press 55 from a mobile:


UK Government advice on how to get help:


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