The definition of domestic violence is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.
People will always associate Domestic Abuse with physical hurt and this is not necessarily the case. There are many types of domestic abuse and this goes on between men and women on a daily basis. Sometimes people are too afraid to speak out but there are many people that can help. Sometimes you may not even know you are being subject to domestic abuse.
Types of Domestic abuse are as follows:
- Physical abuse: pushing, hitting, punching, kicking, choking and using weapons.
- Sexual abuse: forcing or pressuring someone to have sex (rape), unwanted sexual activity, touching, groping someone or making them watch pornography.
- Financial abuse: taking money, controlling finances, not letting someone work.
- Emotional abuse / coercive control: repeatedly making someone feel bad or scared, stalking, blackmailing, constantly checking up on someone, playing mind games. Coercive control is now a criminal offence under the Serious Crime Act 2015.
- Digital / online abuse: using technology to further isolate, humiliate or control someone.
- Honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation
If you feel you are being subject to domestic abuse or know that somebody is contact one of our offices. Nobody should have to tolerate Domestic Abuse and we can help stop this.
All sufferers of domestic abuse, man or woman are able to get the help they need, and the support that will help them to move on from the impact of abuse. For those people that suffer or who have suffered domestic violence we may be able to assist also with legal help or legal aid following an income assessment.
If you wish to speak to one of our Family Law Team about any aspects of Family Law, please do not hesitate to contact us. We have offices throughout Lincolnshire and Newark.