Domestic violence is any single incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between anyone who is or has been, partners or family members.
The abuse can be, but is not limited to:
Domestic violence is experienced by both men and women of any age and by people in same sex relationships.
If you have decided to leave and plan to research your escape online, beware that your abuser could track the sites that you visit. If at all possible, use a computer that they do not have access to; most libraries have free IT facilities. Failing that, use the ‘private browsing’ facility – don’t delete the cookies or clear the browser history - both could alert your abuser.
National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247
MALE 0808 801 0327
Providing support and advice for both male victims and men that want to change their violent and abusive behaviour
Galop 0800 999 5428
Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence
How we can help
You probably feel that no one would understand just how difficult things are for you, but please rest assured that your situation is not unique. We have over 30 years’ experience of supporting families through extremely difficult times and have helped countless men and women to deal with ending violent relationships.
If you are suffering from domestic violence and have decided to take steps to end the relationship, our highly experienced family lawyers will be able to offer you the legal support you need to take charge of your life again.
There are a variety of options available, but the right ones for you will depend on the nature of your relationship and whether children are involved or not. As a guide, some of the steps we can help you to take include:
- Injunctions to protect you and your family
- Making sure you retain your financial and property rights
- Divorce or dissolution of your civil partnership
- Separation agreement if ending your relationship is not an option
If you would like more information, or just want a confidential chat about your options please contact our friendly, supportive team today.