The Home Office have published their guidance for assistance to victims of Domestic Abuse from the Department for Work and Pensions.
If you are eligible for one of the following benefits you may be able to seek further assistance if you are a victim of Domestic Abuse.
If you are temporarily absent from your home through fear of domestic abuse you may be able to receive Housing Benefit for both your former home and temporary accommodation if you intend to return to your former home.
Job Seekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit
You may be able to apply for a break from job seeking and work preparation requirements for up to 13 weeks.
The issued guidance shows a shift in attitude in relation to Domestic Abuse. Many victims suffer in silence however now more than ever is the time to speak up and seek assistance.
Ringrose Law have a dedicated Domestic Abuse team who will advise and assist victims as to their protection. Many victims do not realise that we can help even when the Police are not able to take any further action. Applications to Court can be made for protective Orders such as Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders. Such Orders can prohibit molestation from a perpetrator or restrict perpetrators from living within the family home.
Domestic Abuse is defined as
‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse’.
This definition is far reaching and covers abuse that is psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional in nature.
Here at Ringrose Law we are committed to assisting victims and will undertake assessments to determine whether Legal Aid is available in each case. All consultations are confidential and we can advise as to what orders may be available to assist and protect victims and their children.