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Revenge porn – just another form of domestic violence

This term is used to describe the phenomenon of people posting explicit images of former partners online – either obtained consensually or stolen – to humiliate them following a break up.
Jayne Kirtley, family lawyer at Atherton Godfrey, said: “It now seems that this is becoming a more significant problem in the UK than first thought.
“Serious action needs to be taken to address this issue and provide victims with appropriate redress. There needs to be clear guidance on the action that can be taken for anyone finding themselves victim of this distressing form of abuse.”
Polly Neate, chief executive of the Women’s Aid charity, said: “To be meaningful, any attempt to tackle revenge porn must also take account of all other kinds of psychological abuse and controlling behaviour, and revenge porn is just another form of coercive control.” “That control is central to domestic violence, which is why we’re campaigning for all psychological abuse and coercive control to be criminalised. We urge Mr Grayling and the Home Office to go further, and ensure victims can get the support of the criminal justice system for all the abuse they experience.”She said it was “hard to know how many people are affected” but that anecdotally it was thought those “experiencing domestic violence will face the threat or reality of revenge porn”.Jayne added: “People should not be afraid or deterred from approaching us for advice about such sensitive matters.  Legal Aid remains available for victims of domestic abuse.”  Atherton Godfrey has a Family department with a wealth of experience in dealing with sensitive issues such as domestic abuse, in whatever form it takes. Contact us in complete confidence on 01302 320621 or email info@athertongodfrey.co.uk

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