You can apply for an ‘injunction’ if you’ve been the victim of domestic violence.
An injunction is a court order that either:
- protects you or your child from being harmed or threatened by the person who’s abused you – (‘non-molestation order’)
- decides who can live in the family home or enter the surrounding area – (‘occupation order’)
The person named in the emergency injunction can be arrested if they breach this injunction.
What is considered to be Domestic Violence has developed over recent years. It now covers much more than physical harm; namely emotional, financial, sexual and psychological abuse. We advise that if you have suffered any of the above harm, that you report this to the police, and seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
We understand that these matters can be extremely traumatic as clients often feel they are re-living the recent events and moreover, it may be aired in court. We pride ourselves on ensuring we take all the stress away from you during this difficult time.
Our Melanie Timms originally qualified at the Bar. She is well able to present your case at Court and will fight tooth and nail for you. Melanie is also trained with Victim Support as a support worker for victims of crime. She has extensive experience with helping victims of domestic violence. She ensures that each case is dealt with differently, there is no tick box approach used, but instead clients receive her utmost attention and excellent service throughout.
Time is often of the essence in these emergency injunction applications and the first hearing is usual without notice to the other party concerned. We charge a fixed fee for preparing for and attending the first hearing.
After the first hearing, we will provide you with a costs estimate for future proceedings. Not only will legal advice be given throughout, but also practical advice. We understand that often you need someone to assist in various ways. We have links with many professionals who can help and support you where necessary.
Whilst we do not offer legal aid at Brindley Twist Tafft and James for these proceedings, we can arrange suitable payment options for payment of your legal fees.
Please contact Melanie Davis (née Timms) to see how we can help.