‘Domestic violence’ or ‘domestic abuse’ is a pattern of behaviour that involves violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation. It can happen in any sort of relationship, including heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender relationships, and also within extended families. It moves across religion, class and every walk of life. It is reported that:
- 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime
- On average, 2 women a week are killed by an ex-partner
- 1 in ten men have been victims of domestic violence.
The statistics are scary and demonstrate the widespread problem of domestic violence in the UK, but what they don’t show is the unreported crimes, the ones where the victim is too scared to seek help and put an end to their situation.
A brighter future
There are many reasons that people remain in violent relationships, victims speak of being scared of the future, where will they live? How will they cope with money and supporting their family? One of the most challenging reasons to overcome is the fear of actually leaving.
It is important for victims of domestic abuse to understand that there are a number of options open to them. They can get immediate help to remove them from their situation straight away.
The Domestic Violence Centre, Fallowfield
Otten Penna are proud to support the work of the Domestic Violence Centre in Fallowfield, Manchester. The Centre provides urgent assistance to people wishing to end the fear of living with abuse. There are no costs associated with contacting the Centre and they will guide you on the legal choices available to you. Including whether you are eligible for Legal Aid (and providing you with a McKenzie Friend to provide back up and moral support to you, if not), and what your next course of action is.
We work with the DVC to provide immediate protection, support and assistance to victims of domestic violence. Rest assured, our team will be there to guide you every step of the way with expert legal advice and support with regards to yours and your family’s circumstances.
If you are suffering domestic violence of any form in your relationship, it’s vital that you take the first step to breaking out and making a fresh start.
- Contact Otten Penna immediately for a free appointment on 0161 945 1431
- Send a ‘Confidential Help Form’ to the Domestic Violence Centre at thedomesticviolencecentre.co.uk/rtu or contact them on 0333 335 0366
However you seek help, please make sure you do this today and start making steps towards a positive future.
Louise has been a member of the Law Society Children Panel since 1988, a member of the Family Law panel since its inception and became a member of the Advanced Family Law Panel in 2002. Specialising in domestic violence work, Louise undertakes all aspects of children law including care proceedings, adoption and Special Guardianship.