Abuse in Relationships


We balance our exceptional legal expertise with care and compassion, allowing us to deliver solutions that benefit you while carefully managing the emotional impact.

We are experts in advising on the issues flowing from abuse in relationships and will guide and protect you through the difficulties you may face.

Take a look at our video here in which Director Helen Greenfield explains the legal issues arising from abuse in relationships.

Overview →

We understand that acknowledging and accepting that you are in an abusive relationship is one of the hardest things anyone can do. Taking the necessary steps to prevent further abuse can be even harder. Our experienced legal team are able to act quickly and, if necessary, can seek an order from the Court to protect you and your children when abuse is taking place.

Sadly, domestic abuse is very common. Anyone can experience domestic abuse regardless of race, ethnic or religious group, sex, class, age, disability or lifestyle. There are simply no boundaries.

What is Domestic Abuse? →

Domestic abuse occurs when someone close to you, often your spouse or partner, causes you physical, psychological, sexual, financial or emotional harm. The abuse can be actual or threatened and can happen once every so often or on a regular basis.

It is a misconception that, in order for you to be in an abusive relationship, there must be physical violence. In many cases, there is no physical violence. Instead, psychological and emotional abuse may play a huge part in the relationship.

Domestic abuse can take many forms. Other than physical violence and threats of violence, you may feel intimidated by things that are said to you by your partner or the manner in which you are treated. You may be prevented from spending time with friends or family. You may be cut off financially. You may be constantly berated by your partner at home or in front of others.

In December 2015, a new offence criminalising controlling and/or coercive behaviour was introduced. It was designed to cover the scenario where there is a pattern of behaviour – acts, assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse over the course of time which is used to harm, punish or frighten the victim. It also covers the situation where someone exerts excessive control in a relationship, often isolating a person from sources of support. It was introduced to deal with the situation where the individual instances of such behaviour in isolation would not in themselves be sufficient to constitute abuse. If a perpetrator is found guilty, the offence carries a maximum 5 years’ imprisonment, a fine or both.

Applying to Court →

If you think you are in an abusive relationship, our team of experienced family lawyers can explain the options available to you. This may involve helping you to apply to the civil court for an injunction order. An injunction order can provide a breathing space for you to recover and make decisions about the future. It can prohibit further abuse (a Non-Molestation Order) and exclude the perpetrator from the home (an Occupation Order). 

Non-Molestation Orders (and, in exceptional cases, Occupation Orders) can be granted by the Court urgently on the day the application is issued. Such emergency orders will often be applied for ‘without notice’ to your partner. This means that your partner will not have advance warning that you are going to Court to address any immediate safety concerns.

Our Expertise →

Our experienced family lawyers will give you clear advice, helping you to take the steps required to remove yourself from a potentially dangerous situation. We will work with you to put in place the best possible arrangements for the long term safety of you and your children. 

We have a strong appreciation of the emotional landscape and will work in partnership with you, drawing on the support of our counsellors if necessary, to help you navigate the difficult times ahead.

We will prioritise your safety in the first instance but will then be by your side, advising you on any separation, the future arrangements for your children and any financial matters. We will place your safety and that of your family at the heart of the decision making process.

FLiP director Helen Greenfield has a particular expertise in helping those who have been affected by domestic abuse. Contact Helen at E: hg@flip.co.uk or T: 020 7420 5000.

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We have some of the very best London divorce lawyers and mediators, along with accomplished arbitrators, family consultants and counsellors. There’s no one better to handle your case.

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