A recent article in The Telegraph outlines new sentencing guidelines seeking to crack down on online abusers.

Under new sentencing guidelines people who turn to Facebook and other social media sites are likely to face prison sentences.  This is all part of a new policy which should treat domestic abuse offences more seriously and is a welcome example of the Law catching up with technology.

Online abuse can include behaviours such as monitoring social media profiles or emails, abuse over social media such as Facebook and Twitter and sharing intimate photos or videos without consent.

When a relationship deteriorates and the break up is not an amicable one some individuals choose to use any explicit images that they have of their ex-partner, often taken without their knowledge or consent and post them online as a means of revenge.

The feeling of hurt, loss of control and humiliation can be extrmeley damaging for the victim with longer lasting effects on future relationships.

There is also the effect on the victim’s carerr with the victim sometimes feeling they cannot carry on in their workplace when the abuse has gone public.

If you are or have experienced this type of abuse or any other form of domestic abuse we can help.  We have a specialist team dealing with domestic abuse who can talk you through all the options necessary to apply for protection.  We work closely with Women’s Aid, WLDAS and other professional agencies and the majority of domestic abuse work is still available under Public Funding.

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If you have been a victim of Domestic Violence, then please contact our specialised family teams at our offices. We have teams in Boston, Grantham, Lincoln, Newark, Sleaford and Spalding in which we will take time to listen to your enquiry in a friendly and empathetic nature.

At Ringrose Law our motto is ‘where individuals count’. This is our core belief and we aim to make our clients feel valued from being first greeted by reception to speaking to one of our many fully qualified, experienced Solicitors. We know at Ringrose Law that satisfaction is linked to service,  so we will always provide the best service we can to you as we know that is exactly what you expect when you either make a phone call to us or walk through the door of one of our many branches.

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