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Family Law -
Domestic Abuse

Do you require advice in relation
to Domestic Abuse?

If you have been personally impacted by domestic abuse, which can include threats to your safety from a spouse, partner or other member of your family, the legal team at Downing Courtney & Larkin Solicitors LLP can help you enforce your rights.  Domestic abuse can span  the spectrum of physical, mental, emotional and sexual abuse.

You are absolutely entitled to obtain protection from harassment or domestic violence and we can guide you through the initial process by issuing warning correspondence to the offending parties and by navigating you through the Court Process as your legal representative, should this become a necessary measure to take.

We can also provide you with legal advice in relation to the protection of your right to reside in the family home and how to regain occupation if you have been wrongfully ejected from same.

A Court is empowered to make the following orders in cases of Domestic Violence:

  • Safety Order– This does not put the offender out of the home, but it prevent them from using or threatening to use violence, molest or put fear in the Applicant or any other dependant person.  A Safety Order may be made for up to 5 years;
  • Barring Orders– This directs the offending Spouse or partner to leave the property where the Applicant also lives and prevents them from re-entering until such time as a Court directs. This type of order can have validity for up to 3 years.
  • Protection Orders– This does not put the offending Spouse or Partner out of the family home but directs them not to use violence or implement a threat of violence against, molest or put fear in the Applicant or any dependant person. This is an interim measure and is only in effect until the hearing of the barring or safety order.

Please note that the legal options for cohabitants are more complex and you should contact us directly to discuss your options in such a scenario.

If you require immediate assistance with a domestic abuse matter, please contact your local Garda station. A valuable resource is Adapt Domestic Abuse Services in Tralee, who also have offices nationwide.  More information can be found at

Please feel free to contact us now for a complimentary, no -obligation fee quotation if you have any queries in relation to domestic violence and we will revert to you within 24 hours in the strictest of confidence. Or you can telephone us directly on 064 6631061 and speak to a member of our team immediately.

*Please note that the information above is demonstrative only, please contact us directly so that we can discuss your individual case.

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