Domestic Abuse

Our experienced domestic abuse lawyers provide victims with expert advice and support and, where required, urgent action. We understand how terrible it is to live in fear for your safety, or that of your children, at the hands of a partner or family member.

We also understand that, if you are a victim of domestic abuse, it can be both difficult and frightening to take that first step towards doing something about it. We will help you access the legal protections you need to break free from abuse and ensure your safety and that of your children. We will help you to decide which sort of restraining order you might need, whether it is a non-molestation order to protect you physically or an ouster or occupation order to regulate occupation of a house.

It is important to understand that domestic abuse is not limited to physical violence – it also includes emotional, psychological, financial and sexual abuse of a spouse, partner, child, former partner, family member or associated person.

Coodes has close links with the police and domestic abuse support agencies throughout Devon and Cornwall. We will liaise with them throughout your case to ensure the best outcome for you and your family.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse, you may be eligible for Legal Aid, subject to your financial situation. We will carry out a free initial assessment to assess your eligibility. If you are eligible, we can begin advising you immediately on what action can be taken to protect you and, if required, we can make an emergency application to the Court to obtain protection for you and your children.

While domestic abuse is abhorrent, we recognise that being falsely accused of violent behaviour and facing the possible loss of your children, home and, potentially, even your liberty is also extremely difficult. As well as representing the victims of domestic violence, we also advise respondents in such cases, ensuring our clients are treated fairly and even-handedly. Whatever your circumstances, we will always treat you with respect and sympathy at every stage of the process.

For more information about your options and how we can help, read our Keeping Safe guide.

And, if you are ready, take that next step and talk to us today, call 01726 874 700 or email


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