Legal Assistance in Cases of Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse can be an incident, more often a pattern of incidents, of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour. This behaviour includes sexual violence within a relationship or between family members.
Relationships which turn violent have an abhorrent effect on the victim and the rest of their family.
As a result, over time a victim may start to believe that they have no way out.
When it Feels Like There is No Way Out
This is not the case; no-one deserves to be in a relationship dictated by fear and they should certainly not feel reluctant to seek help.
Our expert family law solicitors understand that cases of domestic abuse must be dealt with not just with sensitivity but also urgency, as your safety and that of your children is our main priority.
The protective measurements we can enforce
Our years of experience in helping domestic abuse victims reclaim their freedom makes us able to offer clients the best advice applicable to their specific situation.
We can help you apply for one or both of the following in addition to our assistance with your divorce or separation agreements:
- A non-molestation order: which will prevent the abuser from demonstrating violent or threatening behaviour towards you
- An occupation order: which will prevent the abuser from entering your home
In the rare scenario that the abuser breaches the terms of their court order, they could face several years imprisonment.
We can also arrange protection for your children and help you to secure a divorce from your abusive partner.
It’s understandable that you would not want to deal with your partner directly in this situation, therefore we are capable to manage any separation issues relating to assets or money on your behalf.
Recognising the signs of domestic abuse
Domestic abuse does not always have to be physical. Below are some common examples of abusive behaviour which you should look out for, whether in your own life or someone else’s:
- Harassment: this includes stalking, sending unwanted texts and letters, humiliating the victim or violating their privacy
- Isolation: this could be anything from pressurising or encouraging the victim to stay away from friends and family to banning any kind of contact with the outside world entirely. It’s also common for abusers to monitor the online behaviour and text messages of victims
- Verbal abuse: belittling, name-calling, making accusations and excessive shouting are all examples of verbally abusive behaviour
- Threats: this could include acting in an intimidating way, threatening violence towards the victim or family members or destroying belongings in an attempt to evoke fear
- Controlling behaviour: controlling the victim’s access to money, clothing or even food would classify as abuse. Regrettably, controlling behaviour is one of the first signs of an abusive relationship, but often the abuser is initially regarded as romantic and passionate for doing so. This behaviour tends to worsen drastically overtime
- Sexual violence: this may include using force towards the victim, degrading them or making sexual and violent threats
Our Advice on Starting your Domestic Abuse Case
Although the facts of every domestic abuse case differ, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps if you have not yet acted on the situation:
- Report any and all incidents of abuse to the police immediately
- If you are injured, seek medical advice as soon as possible and keep a copy of your GP’s report. If possible, we also recommend that you take photographs of any injuries as this will help build evidence against the abuser
- Save proof of any abusive or threatening communication such as text messages, emails or letters
- Keep all of the above information in a personal diary accompanied by specific times and dates, if you can remember them
These are all understandably unpleasant tasks to carry out and may evoke distressing memories, but it is crucial that you do so in order to build a strong body of evidence.
This, in turn, will heighten your chances of being successfully granted a protection order and rightfully bringing the abuser to justice.
All-Rounded Guidance and Support for Victims of Domestic Abuse
If you have not yet acted on the situation and you have not yet contacted any other parties to assist you, we can help with this too.
We can liaise with these third parties so all related matters are dealt with efficiently and with minimum hassle. Such third parties would include:
- The police
- Womens refuge
- Counselling centres
- Victim support
Please do not hesitate to contact our family law solicitors to discuss your case in confidentiality today.
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