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.” This includes issues of concern to black and minority ethnic communities such as so called ‘honour killings’.
According to research, women who suffer violence at the hands of a partner or spouse are attacked, on average, 35 times before they first contact the police. For men, where the social stigma surrounding domestic violence is often very restrictive, the suffering can go on longer.
We advise first and foremost that if you are attacked, you contact the police who may arrest your partner if a criminal offence has been committed.
After this initial course of action we can help secure your future protection in a number of ways. We can help you to apply for a Non-Molestation Order to prevent you from being assaulted or harassed, or an Exclusion Order preventing your former partner from returning to your home.
If you are being asked to leave and are accused of violence we can give you advice upon the best way forward. When there are children they can be severely affected by what is going on. We can negotiate an amicable settlement on your behalf or represent you in court if necessary.
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