Lawtons Solicitors has a great deal of experience in representing domestic abuse cases, combined with the care and support needed for all those involved.

It can be a very emotionally draining area of the law. We appreciate these cases are not always straightforward and involve the complexities and intricacies involved with personal relationships. Lawtons Solicitors works with you to prepare the best lines of defence.

Our lawyers, who specialise in domestic violence, will work with you, at your own pace, to ensure the facts of the case are discovered. Lawtons Solicitors will provide the necessary peace of mind that you will be looked after through the whole process.


Domestic Violence & The Law

Domestic violence is an “umbrella term” and includes assaults, criminal damage and, basically, any threatening violence, abuse or behaviour between adults who have been, or are currently, intimate partners or members of the same family.

The Code for Crown Prosecutors (CPS) determines the severity of domestic violence based on a number of factors, primarily assessing the associated risks and work with police to investigate and possibly take a case to court.

Domestic violence is not just considered in terms of physical violence, whether common assault, ABH or GBH, but can also include:

  • Behaviour deemed as controlling, which can include financial abuse
  • Threats
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional / psychological abuse
  • Harassment

Sentencing will be very much determined on a case by case basis. Aggravating factors, such as previous convictions, will influence a final decision.  The maximum sentence depends on the nature of the case and what has been alleged.


Accused of Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is seen as one of the most sensitive areas of the law for everyone involved, and even seeking specialist advice can seem daunting.

Lawtons Solicitors has the necessary experience to guide you through this very difficult process.

There are a variety of legal options open to dealing with domestic violence and it is critical to discuss these with a specialist solicitor to ensure the best outcome for everyone involved.


Contact Us

For more information on the laws and sentencing surrounding domestic violence, or to discuss in full confidence a specific case, please call 0333 202 0972 or email


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