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What to Do If You Are Experiencing Domestic Violence or Abuse

breakupIf you are in a domestic violence situation and you feel that your safety, life or children are in danger, the first thing you need to do is get away from the immediate situation if you can and/or call the police. The police receive calls relating to domestic abuse every 30 seconds in the UK.

Once you are safe, you can consider your options. Domestic violence can take place over a long period of time and be made up of smaller incidents. Whenever you decide to take action, a solicitor like Saracens Solicitors can help you to do what is necessary to protect you and your children, if you have them.

What Defines Domestic Violence and Abuse

Domestic violence can take place within any kind of couple, at any age. Whether you are in a same-sex partnership, heterosexual marriage, transgender or multiple relationships, there exists the potential for abuse. It can also involve a family member or carer. Abuse can be physical, psychological, sexual, financial or emotional. Coercion and controlling behaviours can also be considered abusive.

If you are suffering in a violent or abusive situation, talk to organisations who can help. You can find national and local organisations online. Citizens Advice Bureau can point you in the right direction if you do not have access to the internet; as can your GP, local library or council offices. Your confidentiality is assured when you speak to a domestic violence and abuse support group.

What legal help can you get?

Two forms of injunction that a solicitor may be able to help you with are an occupation order and a non-molestation order. The former is used to define who has the right to enter the family home and can be used to legally exclude a perpetrator of violence or abuse. The latter is used to prevent threats, violence or intimidation of you or your children. Breaching a non-molestation order is a criminal offence.

Getting help, personal and legal, is the first step to freedom from a domestic violence or abuse situation. It need not be overwhelming as you can take one step at a time with plenty of support for you and any dependents.