09 November, 2010
Many women and men can feel trapped in a relationship and suffer at the hands of the ones they love the most. Research shows however that domestic violence is most commonly experienced by women and perpetrated by men.
Anyone can suffer domestic violence regardless of race, ethnicity, class, disability or lifestyle. The Government defines domestic violence as 'any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality'.
The signs can include destructive criticism, verbal abuse, pressure tactics, disrespect, breaking trust, isolation, harassment threats and actual violence. The perpetrator can often be in denial and blame the victim for causing the abuse and then cry and beg for forgiveness, saying it will never happen again.
More often than not, it is harder for the victim to take action than suffer the abuse. Their self confidence and strength can be at rock bottom.
Domestic violence is becoming increasingly common but sufferers need to be aware that there is a lot of help out there. Other than the police, Family Solicitors can often provide the support and tailor made advice to your particular situation. Your protection can start by being fully advised of the options available to you. A family solicitor can talk to you about a range of options that include warning letters, applications to court for non-molestations orders which can prevent your partner or ex-partner from using threatening violence against you, or an occupation order to regulate who can live in the family home and restrict your abuser from entering the surrounding area. There may be related separation matters and children matters that need to be considered which we could guide you through. There is no obligation to take action but it is best to be fully informed.
The decision to take action is the most difficult step, but there is no need to suffer in silence.
Forbes Family Law Solicitors has accredited domestic violence specialists who can help you. At Forbes we have extensive experience of representing clients in Injunction cases. Whether you are the subject of domestic violence and wish to apply for an Injunction or have been served with Injunction papers, our sympathetic and understanding Solicitors are here to help. Call our Family Law team on freephone 0800 689 1058 or contact us by email