Domestic abuse takes all forms. It is not limited to actual physical violence. The Government’s definition of domestic violence and abuse is as follows:-
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:
Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assaults, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten the victim.
What sets us apart from many other family solicitors is that we have lawyers who are specifically accredited as specialists in this field and thus able to provide you with the support and guidance needed to protect you from such abuse. This includes:
To prevent violence, threats of violence or harassing and pestering and molesting behaviour
To exclude someone from the family home, or prevent them from coming within a specified distance of it.
Domestic abuse and domestic violence is now being taken more seriously than ever by the Government. The Police have been given greater powers than ever before and this includes the ability to arrest suspects who have breached Orders of this nature. In addition, the Government has introduced criminal offences for some elements of domestic abuse and domestic violence.
As well as assisting and supporting you through the legal process with our knowledge and experience in this field, we are able to signpost you to other support services.
Domestic abuse and domestic violence is known as the “silent killer”. The time has now come for victims to break that silence and if you are a victim of abuse of this nature whatever your gender we are able to obtain the help and support you so need. Let us assist you to do so.
Where domestic abuse amounts to a criminal offence we may also be able to assist you to obtain criminal financial compensation.