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26 Domestic Violence, Abuse and Harassment

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1 Introduction

2. What can I do if someone in my family is abusing me?

3. Practical things to do if you are being abused

4. Taking legal steps

5. What the police can do for you

6. What a solicitor can do for you

7. Court orders you can get to protect you

8. How a court order protects you

9. What if the person abusing me is not my partner?

10. How can I help someone who is being abused?

11. Terms used in matters to do with domestic abuse

12. Further help

The Community Legal Service

The Community Legal Service has been set up to help you find the right legal information and advice to solve your problems.

You can get help through a national network of organisations including Citizens Advice Bureaux, Law Centres, many independent advice centres and thousands of high street solicitors. All of these services meet quality standards set by the Legal Services Commission, look for the Community Legal Service logo:

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Many of the organisations offer some or all of the their services for free. If you cannot afford to pay for advice you may be eligible for financial support through the Community Legal Service Fund (Legal Aid). You can order leaflets about funding from the LSC Leaflet line on 0845 3000 343.

You can use the Directory on the CLS Direct website http://www.clsdirect.uk/ to find details of quality assured advice providers.

The Legal Services Commission (LSC)

The Community Legal Service and the Community Legal Service Fund are managed by the Legal Services Commission.  To find out more about us visit our website at http://www.legalservices.gov.uk/ or find the details for your local Legal Services Commission office in the phone book. 

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Resolution
01689 820272


The website of Resolution

 The website of Resolution




The Law Society of England and Wales
Phone: 020 7242 1222


The website of The Law Society

 The website of The Law Society




The Department for Constitutional Affairs
For useful leaflets for couples with children, and information about domestic violence
phone:020 7210 8500


The website of the Department for Constitutional Affairs

 The website of the Department for Constitutional Affairs




The Court Service website
For copies of forms and leaflets relating to divorce


The website of the Court Service

 The website of the Court Service




Alcoholics Anonymous
phone: 0845 769 7555


The website Alcoholics Anonymous

 The website of Alcoholics Anonymous




Al Anon
phone: 020 7403 0888


 




National Association of Child Contact Centres
phone: 0115 948 4557




Rights of Women
Confidential legal advice line for women run by women
phone: 020 7521 6577


The website of Rights of Women

 The website of Rights of Women




Alcoholics Anonymous
phone: 0845 769 7555


The website of Alcoholics Anonymous

 The website of Alcoholics Anonymous




Relate
Offers relationship counselling, and is experienced in helping couples where domestic abuse is an issue
phone:0845 456 1310 Local branches are listed in the phone book


The website of Relate

 The website of Relate




Child Support Agency (CSA)
phone:0845 7133 133


The Website of the Child Support Agency

 The website of The CSA




Victim Support
Offers information and support to most victims of crime.
phone: 0845 3030 900


The website of Victim Support

 The website of Victim Support




UK College of Family Mediators
Phone:0117 914 7223


The website of the UK College of Family Mediators

 the UK College of Family Mediators




Reunite
phone: 0116 2556 234


The website of Reunite

 The website of Resunite




Child Abduction Unit
Phone:020 7911 7145/7147


The Website of the Child Abduction Unit

 The website of Child Abduction Unit




Women's Aid


The website of Women's Aid

 The website of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors




Wales Domestic Abuse Helpline
phone: 0808 80 10 800
8am to 2pm and 8pm to 2am




Domestic Violence
You can find the leaflet ' Loves me, Loves me not: You don't need to live in fear of domestic violence' in your local library or Citizens Advice Bureau.



13. About this leaflet







This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with Imogen Clout, a solicitor specialising in family law.

The leaflets are regularly updated but the law may have changed since they were printed so the information in them may be incorrect or out of date.

Leaflet version: January 2016




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Last updated on 19 January 2016

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