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For many families, the festive period is a happy one that involves spending time with loved ones and enjoying Christmas cheer. Unfortunately the bleak reality for some is that the period marks an increase in financial pressures against the backdrop of a surge in alcohol consumption which can place additional strain on already fragile relationships. The festive period is renowned for a drastic increase in reports of domestic violence.

Domestic violence can take many forms. It’s not just about physical violence – it can also be sexual, emotional or psychological abuse. No-one should be subjected to domestic abuse and it is very important that victims get the help they need to break this cycle. It isn’t just spouses who are affected as more often than not, children are witnesses to the abuse which can leave them severely traumatised.

Seeking advice when you have been subjected to domestic abuse can be a very difficult step. Edwards & Company can offer advice on the types of Court Orders which can be sought to protect you from intimidation and harassment. The Courts have the power to exclude abusive partners from your home. At all times you and your children’s safety is considered paramount.

The Courts can protect you in one of two ways;

1. A Non-Molestation Order: A non-molestation order is aimed at preventing your partner or ex-partner (or indeed other associated persons to include family members) from using or threatening violence against you or your child, or intimidating, harassing or pestering you.

2. An Occupation Order regulates who can live in the family home, and can also restrict your abuser from entering the surrounding area.

The courts treat domestic violence as a very serious offence and strict conditions are placed on abusers. It is important if you are a victim of domestic violence that you seek advice immediately. The family and matrimonial department at Edwards and Company understand the sensitive nature of these incidents and can assist you quickly and confidentially in order to offer the support and advice you need.

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