Change in the definition of Domestic Violence announced

The Government have announced that the official definition of domestic violence is to be changed from March to include psychological abuse for the first time. Though the change will help thousands of adults across the UK who are victims of “coercive power”, it is said to be specifically targeted to aid teenage victims of abuse.

Interestingly the British Crime Survey recently found that young people are more likely to suffer partner abuse than any other age group, with 12.7% of women and 6.2% of men aged 16 to19 having experienced some kind of domestic abuse in the last year.

To some, it may appear just a change of words that will have no real impact. However, for those dealing first hand with people who have been victims of abuse, it could be far-reaching and encourage many more people to come forward or take a stand and protect themselves along with any children of the relationship.

The law says everyone has the right to live without fear for their safety. No one has the right to cause you harm or threaten you. You have the right to complain to the police, as such behaviour may constitute a criminal offence. This is now being extended so that routine manipulative actions and words used to control someone will also constitute abuse.

A solicitor will not necessarily be the first port of call for someone who decides enough is enough acts to do something about their situation, but Carr & Co can help in a number of ways, namely:

  1. We can apply for an injunction to protect you – a Non Molestation Order or an Occupation Order which places legal restrictions on the person responsible to try to prevent or limit any further violence and who should live in the family home.
  2. For orders to do with children.
  3. Getting a divorce.
  4. Obtaining protection Orders to prevent the disposal of financial assets.
  5. Considering whether any additional agencies can help you – such as Victim Support or Women’s Aid who support victims of domestic violence.

For an abused family member taking action is brave step. We will be there to support you throughout and ensure you take the best possible action with advices tailored to your particular case.

Contact us to arrange an appointment today.

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