It is sad that it has only been relatively recently (in the last 15 years or so) that domestic abuse has been registered as an official crime. Fortunately now, however, with dedicated domestic violence police units and a more understanding approach the crime is becoming more widely reported. However, there is still a long way to go and in this article we will look at the legal issues around domestic violence.
- It is estimated 2 women a week are killed by their partners in the UK
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experience domestic violence
- 16% of all recorded violent crime is domestic violence
- Domestic violence has a higher level of repeated offences than any other type of crime
- Every minute in the UK a call is made reporting an incident of domestic violence
One thing that needs to be clear – a domestic violence claim is not necessarily restricted to physical violence. It can equally apply to emotional, psychological and sexual violence. There are various issues that need to be addressed and it is understandable that it can be difficult to talk about it.
For example, if you have children and you are afraid for their safety you can apply for an injunction (a non-molestation order) or if you feel you will be threatened in your own home you can apply for an occupation order to ensure that a current or ex-partner cannot force their way into your property and threaten you or your children.
Any breaches of these orders must be reported to the police and a criminal court can sentence anyone who breaks the terms of these orders with up to five years in prison.
If you are not living with your partner, have reported their behaviour as well as co-operating with any investigation (and there is no chance of them accessing the money) it is possible to claim compensation from an abusive former partner.
Often for victims of domestic abuse the first difficulty is in seeking help. Abusers will often cut people off from friends and family and do their utmost to keep them from being able to get the help they need.
We believe that people who suffer from domestic abuse should not suffer in silence. We are dedicated to handling cases sensitively and with discretion. If you want to know more about the services we offer or wish to talk about these difficult issues please contact us on 023 9244 8100