Family and Matrimonial

If you are a victim of domestic violence please note that the Northern Ireland Executive have now pledged to fund the cost of public transport for anyone needing to flee their home.

 

Public transport will be funded by the Executive where refuge or emergency accommodation has been arranged through the 24hr Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive or Women’s Aid.  Your emergency shelter will also be free of charge.

If are reading this and are planning on leaving an abusive relationship please contact one of these organisations. They can arrange shelter and transport for you and will remove you from harm as soon as possible.

 

Most importantly you will be able to flee your abuser and, if you have children, bring them with you.   

 

Our office can then help you seek an Emergency Order from the Court to protect you from your abuser. Your new address can be withheld from him/her or we can do our best to ensure that your abuser is removed and you are reinstated back into your home.

We can also ensure that the cost of any application to the Court is not your financial responsibility. The Legal Services Agency has a facility by which the majority of costs will be paid for all victims. There may be a small contribution to pay but we will try to minimise this for you as much as possible.

 

If you are in this position please leave.   

 

Help available includes the 24hr Domestic and Sexual Abuse helpline on 0808 802 1414 and there are also non-verbal ways for victims to reach out through the Helpline, for example via web and instant message. Further information and support is also available on the following websites:

Women’s Aid 

Men’s Advisory Project

Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline 

 

Once safe you can start to piece matters back together.   

 

If you need any help or advice whatsoever please do not hesitate to contact us on any of the email addresses or number below:

Phone  –   02892601421 and press option 2

Email   –   janices@donaldson-mcconnell.com

Website – https://www.donaldson-mcconnell.com/dt_team/janice/

 

DMC has made this blog available for information purposes.  DMC does not intend to provide specific legal advice in relation to any particular circumstances. You should therefore not act upon this information without seeking advice from a qualified lawyer and obtaining advice specific to your query. Your use of this blog is at your own risk. We cannot guarantee that the blog will reflect the most current legal developments at the time of reading. DMC will therefore not be responsible for any errors or omissions in the content of this site or blog.

 

 

 

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