Recognising the Signs of Domestic Abuse

Recognising the Signs of Domestic Abuse

As we have now entered another lockdown we are aware that this is a stressful time for many people, especially for anybody who is in a relationship where there is domestic abuse.

Recognising the Signs

Recognising domestic abuse can sometimes be difficult. By definition, domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour which includes the following:-

  • Physical – for example, kicking, hitting, etc.
  • Emotional – for example, causing upset, showing no empathy, etc.
  • Psychological- for example, controlling what the other is wearing, etc.
  • Financial- for example, controlling what money the other can have, etc.
  • Sexual – for example, rape, etc.
  • Honour-based – for example, controlling religious cultures, etc.

It is important to emphasise that both men and women can suffer at the hands of their partner from domestic abuse, although it very often is the case that men are more reluctant to admit this.

It is a well known fact that abuse can increase when a relationship is subject to stress and indeed during lockdown and throughout the coronavirus pandemic, there has been immense stress placed on many families. This is as a result of pressure from loss of jobs, reduced income, poor health and a lack of normal routine or structure.

It is also important to recognise that domestic abuse can occur inside or outside of the family home. It does not have to be face-to-face but is very often via telephone, internet, or even social media. Not only does it happen during a relationship, but very often continues following the end of a relationship too.

Seeking Help

Seeking help can be nerve wracking but there are dedicated teams and support networks available. You can seek help in relation to the domestic abuse you may be suffering, from the police as well as many other institutes that can offer immediate and ongoing support and assistance.

As a specialist Family Law team, we can also assist you in dealing with abuse and bringing your relationship to an end. We can support you through emergency court proceedings, seeking a non-molestation order and / or an occupation order. We can also assist you through divorce proceedings and resolution of finances following the end of your relationship, together with sorting arrangements for your children.

We offer an initial consultation to discuss these relationship matters by way of a telephone appointment and this can be set in place very quickly, at a time to suit you. All enquiries are dealt with in a confidential manner, showing complete understanding and putting your needs as paramount.

Should you wish to discuss any topics mentioned in this article, please contact us via telephone on 01782 956123 or through our online contact form: so that an appointment can be set up with one of specialist family solicitors.

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