Although domestic abuse and violence continues to be significantly under-reported by both men and women, research indicates that at least 4 in 50 women and 1 in 25 men have experienced some form of domestic abuse in the last 12 months. Domestic abuse is a serious issue that has more repeat victims than any other crime and, on average, the police receive more than 100 calls every hour related to domestic abuse. Despite this, many people find it extremely difficult to talk to someone about what happens behind closed doors at home and to seek help to resolve the situation.
Recent changes to the law have expanded the definition of Domestic Violence to recognise the many forms that abuse can take and our team of Family lawyers have represented may people who have suffered domestic abuse and can provide advice about the help and protection that is available through the police, the Court system and voluntary organisations. We also help victims of domestic violence to deal with the associated issues of housing, financial provision and the safety of their children.
We will deal with any enquiry in a confidential and sensitive manner considering all the options for resolving the situation. Where necessary, we will act rapidly to obtain protection from the Courts or the Police for you and any children in the family. While parents try hard to protect their children from the difficulties that the family is suffering, most children are still keenly aware of the domestic abuse.
If you are suffering from domestic abuse or violence at this time, we recommend that you seek advice urgently. If you or your children are in immediate danger you should contact the Police straight away.
If you would like to speak with one of our team, we offer free initial advice appointments. For more information, please telephone 01380 733300 or 01225 896100. If you think you might qualify for Legal Aid we can help – please let us know when you telephone.