Domestic abuse can affect anyone from any background anywhere in the world. It can manifest itself in subtle ways but can also grow into a serious threat to physical or psychological health.
Domestic abuse can include:
- Controlling behaviour
- Sexual violence
- Coercive behaviour
- Emotional abuse
- Psychological abuse
The signs and symptoms of domestic abuse can be different in all situations but they generally surround power and control of one partner over another.
This power can be gained through humiliation, coercion, threats of physical violence, actual physical violence and sexual violence or intimidation.
Control can be gained through insults, through isolating a partner from their family or friends, through one partner controlling the finances, through one partner preventing the other partner from getting a job and by using the children in the relationship to make the other partner feel guilty or force the other partner to stay.
A terrible part of domestic violence is the way it can make you blame yourself or make you think that you do not deserve help at all. However, you do and the law is there ready to protect you if you need it.
To help you do this, our sensitive and supportive expert domestic violence lawyers are ready to use their years of experience to allow you to get away from an abusive relationship.