Domestic Abuse

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is when someone close to you, often your spouse or partner, causes you physical, social, mental, financial or emotional harm. The violence and abuse can be actual or threatened and can happen once every so often or on a regular basis.

Practical help

There are many organisations who can give you practical help, such as a safe refuge or counselling.

Go to the useful organisations page to find out more.

Getting legal protection

If you want to get legal protection you can apply to the civil court for an injunction order. An injunction order can provide a breathing space for you to recover and make decisions about the future. It can prohibit further abuse and exclude the perpetrator from the home.

Find a specialist family lawyer here.

More information about the types of orders and what they might mean for you is on the legal options page.

Can you get legal aid?

Legal aid is still available for cases of domestic violence and abuse. Find out more here. More information from the Ministry of Justice.

On 5 January 2018 the DWP published guidance on the help available for people who are victims of domestic violence and abuse.