Get help

If you are going to court for an order to protect you or if you are attending court for child contact arrangements this can be a daunting experience.
We have developed this website to assist victims of domestic abuse to make sense of court proceedings.

You do not need to face court proceedings alone. You can find out more about your options on this website. It may help to have the support of a solicitor.
You can represent yourself at court, but it may still help to speak to a legal professional.

Search the Law Society’s official database of legal professionals to find a solicitor in your area.

If you are concerned about the cost of legal support, you can find out whether you may be able to get some financial help from the Legal Aid Agency.

Speak to a solicitor with a legal aid contract to work out if you can get Legal Aid for your case. More about Legal Aid

If you are facing court proceedings alone, there are other free support services, including some who offer free legal advice. More about free support services

Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) is the largest specialist domestic abuse charity in the North of England.

IDAS have increased the support available to victims by providing dedicated family court support. Family Court IDVAs (Independent Domestic Abuse Advisors) specialise in supporting victims of domestic abuse in family court proceedings. IDAS have received funding from the Access to Justice foundation to provide this support in Barnsley, Doncaster, North Yorkshire, Sheffield, and York. We are supporting thousands of victims who are involved in family court proceedings.

IDAS Family Court Support includes:

  • Supporting you to feel safe.
  • Emotional and practical support through court proceedings.
  • Assistance with form filling.
  • Guidance for managing fear and trauma responses.
  • Arranging pre-court visits.
  • Advocating for victims and survivors of domestic abuse.
  • Providing briefings and training to assist with improving knowledge and awareness of domestic abuse.

IDAS Family Court IDVAs can provide support in person, on the telephone, and via our online Live Chat on our dedicated Family Court website.

Live Chat is available on our Family Court website, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 11 am – 12.30 pm. Go to Live Chat

For support, please email or call our helplines.

Tel: 03000 110 110 – Barnsley, Doncaster & North Yorkshire

Tel: 0808 808 2241 – Sheffield