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What Is Domestic Abuse?
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.
What Is The Solution?
- A non-molestation order prevents an abuser from being violent or threatening violence against a former partner or their children
- Molestation can take the form of actual violence as well as actions such as nuisance phone calls or text messages
- Breach of this order is an arrestable criminal offence
- Punishment for breaching the order can be imprisonment, fines or both
- This order regulates who lives in the family home
- It can include getting the abuser to leave or allowing the applicant to enter and remain in the property
- The court will consider the harm suffered by the applicant or any children in the past and in the harm that may be suffered in the future if the order is not made
- The length of the order will depend on the needs of the applicant and any children who are living in the family home
Can I Get Legal Aid?
Legal Aid is available to you if you have been a victim of domestic abuse or you are seeking to protect a child through your legal proceedings. For more information, give DPP Law a call now for a chat with one of our expert sexual offence and criminal defence solicitors.