Domestic violence and emotional abuse against men
Abuse does not discriminate. Male victims of domestic violence come from all walks of life and professions, across all age groups, and from top CEOs to retired seniors. One third of the two million people suffering domestic abuse in the UK are men.
If you are one of them, we can help. As local domestic abuse lawyers, we can deal with your situation as an emergency, to keep you and your children safe. We understand the devastating effects of domestic violence on you, your children, your family, your friends and your career. Our pragmatic and confidential approach is the same regardless of your age, position, married or cohabiting.
If you are experiencing domestic violence, the time to act is now.
- Call 999 and if possible, get yourself and your children to a place of safety.
- Call the ManKind confidential helpline on 01823 334244.
- Once you’re safe, contact us for professional legal advice on how to proceed.
Obtaining an injunction
Our sympathetic, experienced Directors can advise you on obtaining an injunction from the court. An emergency injunction is a court order made without the prior knowledge of the recipient in cases of domestic or emotional abuse.
Our central Reading office is just a few minutes’ walk from Reading Crown Court, so we can act quickly to obtain injunctions and court orders on your behalf.
Need an emergency injunction? Call us today and keep yourself and your family safe - 01189 735521.
Get safe – then talk to us
Once you and your family are safe, talk to us. We offer clear advice on how to:
- Obtain a non-molestation order
- Apply for an occupation order
- Establish your legal rights to your family home
- Resolve who the children will live with
- Divorce an abusive spouse
Worried about losing everything you love?
Many male victims of domestic violence don't speak out because of their fear of losing everything. As experienced family lawyers, we have helped men separate from abusive and non-abusive wives and same-sex partners, and carefully protected their interests in terms of children, home and finances.
Ways we can help
We can advise you and help you apply for the following types of Orders:
A non-molestation order can protect you from an abuser who is:
- Using or threatening to use violence against you (physical abuse)
- Intimidating, harassing or pestering you (verbal, emotional or mental abuse)
- Communicating with you (if applicable)
Breaches of these orders are dealt with as criminal offences by the criminal courts.
We can also advise you on obtaining an occupation order that can lead to:
- A perpetrator being required to leave the family home
- Suspending their rights to live in or visit the home
- Controlling and dividing the living areas of the home
- Providing an 'exclusion zone' around your home
Anyone breaching an occupation order can be arrested and brought before the county court.
A prohibited steps order can prevent a partner taking a child out of your care and control or taking a particular course of action. This order is often used when the person trying to take the children away is normally allowed to have care when control of them.
We can also write warning letters on your behalf
Coercive control is abuse, and directed against men includes:
- Constant criticism
- Denigrating behaviour and language
- Manipulated contraception
- Legal and administrative aggression.
If your partner restricts your freedom, monitors your calls, alienates you from friends and family, withholds or controls you financially, or seeks to damage your reputation, call us. We can and will help you.
The new Domestic Abuse Bill
We strongly support the new Domestic Abuse Bill and are keen to see it progress from draft Bill form to becoming legislation. For more on the Bill and the proposed definitions of domestic and emotional abuse, see our article: “Why the new draft Domestic Abuse Bill is long overdue”
Suffering abuse? Act now
If you are a victim of any form of domestic abuse or emotional abuse, whether male or female, please contact us at LGFL Ltd to arrange an urgent consultation. You can also book your initial 1-hour fixed fee advice session. (For qualifying clients, T&Cs apply).
If you are in any immediate danger, always call 999 for police assistance.