We understand that leaving an abusive partner can be difficult


We have extensive experience of clients in abusive relationships and suffering domestic abuse and we understand that leaving an abusive partner can be difficult. However, there are a number of legal protective measures that can be taken urgently to safeguard you and any children, which include non-molestation Orders and occupation Orders. If you find yourself in an abusive relationship, our family team can offer the confidential and responsive support you need.

We often see clients who will call or visit us repeatedly over a number of weeks or months before ending their relationship. A carefully thought through exit plan is sensible to safeguard you and any children. If you are worried about the cost of legal proceedings, particularly if you are subject to financial control, we will take you through the various options available to you. As a firm, we can refer you to the option of Novitas litigation loan funding to help with legal fees.

A non-molestation Order can protect adults and children from harassment, intimidation, pestering and threats of violence by preventing the perpetrator from making direct contact, or encouraging a third party to do so on their behalf. An occupation Order secures the family home for one person and usually the children, excluding the other person from entering or living in the property. This ensures a safe space while the details of separation are being worked out. 

What Can We Do For You?

Prettys understands that abuse can take many forms and can be obvious or discreet. Abuse can be suffered by men, women and children and can cover, but is not limited to:

  • Physical threats, aggression and violence
  • Mental abuse
  • Financial control
  • Sexual threats and violence
  • Threats towards adults, children or wider family and friends
  • Control of movement, such as going out
  • Emotional abuse, such as degrading and critical comments
  • Coercion and control

If you are suffering abuse, or are worried about a friend or family member, please do not struggle alone.  You can contact a member of our team in the strictest confidence without any obligation to take matters further. 

Why Choose Prettys?

Prettys’ experienced family law solicitors offer much-needed legal support and advice to victims of abuse. Given the personal and sensitive nature of abuse cases, we treat your matter with the utmost care and tailor our advice to suit your specific situation, ensuring we find an effective resolution that is right for you.

We believe that nobody should suffer because of an abusive relationship, and we offer advice to help you find a way through. Your safety and wellbeing act as the guiding principle throughout your case, offering peace of mind that you have a legal partner you can trust and rely on in your corner at all times.

Please note we do not offer legal aid but are always happy to talk over your case and fees.

If you would like any help or advice relating to an abusive relationship, please get in touch with our team. You can contact us confidentially on 01473 232121, complete our contact form or send us an email at familylaw@prettys.co.uk.

Georgina Rayment
Partner, Head of Family, Mediator
Georgie Hall
Partner, Head of Private Client Services, Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer
Victoria Mayhew
Senior Associate Solicitor, Accredited Mediator