Domestic violence and abuse is an absolutely unacceptable thing. Domestic abuse is a term given to any sole incident or incidents of controlling, coercive, or threatening behaviour toward an individual by their spouse. Domestic abuse may be categorised by psychological, physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse and whether the relationship is violent or not – abuse is still abuse and is absolutely unacceptable.
Domestic violence and abuse can affect both men and women. In the past, domestic abuse was seen as generally a man’s act against a woman, though it needs to be stated that a man may be the victim of abuse or violence himself. Abuse and violence is not limited to one gender, or limited to opposite sex couples. It is an unacceptable behaviour that may occur within all manner of relationships, and all manner of couples.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse and/or violence, there are a number of support systems in place for you. Many kinds of domestic abuse are criminal offenses and if the police are involved, may arrest, charge or caution the perpetrator. The next priority is finding somewhere safe to stay, whether you have children or not – whether it’s a relative, a friend, a refuge or even emergency accommodation from the local authority – there are places to stay to gather your thoughts and focus upon the bigger picture such as what to do next.
As you do so, there are a number of concerns that will likely arise. The help of a specialist solicitor in North Wales may be what is needed – whether it’s obvious things such as arranging a divorce or a separation from your abusive partner, whether or not you elect to take action to keep your partner away from you, advice which is vital in protecting your rights to your home, measures that will protect your children, and of course financial advice. The help of a good solicitor or local domestic advice service is absolutely paramount.
There are many organisations that can help you if you have suffered domestic violence or abuse. The National Domestic Violence Helpline is a 24 hour Freephone service that offers help, support and assistance to women, and can be reached on 0808 200 0247.
For men, the Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline which likewise, offer help, support and details about specialist services which can help you. It can be reached on 0808 801 0327, between the hours of 10am – 1pm / 2pm – 5pm on Mondays, through to Fridays.