Both men and women from different “walks of life” can be affected by domestic violence. In cases of domestic violence it is often not just the person directly involved in the violence that is impacted, children, parents and/or other family members can also be distressed.

What is domestic violence?

UK Law defines domestic violence as “any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse” of a person over the age of 16. Regardless of sexuality or gender, domestic violence can occur between people who are/have been  “intimate partners or family members”.

A family member, in UK law, is defined as, mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandparents, this applies to people who are blood related, adopted, in-laws or step-family.

Not all domestic violence is the same and there are different types of abuse, including:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Sexual
  • Psychological
  • Financial

Domestic violence can take many forms and some abusers behave in ways that may involve more than one type of abuse.

What do I do if I’m a victim of domestic violence?

Do not be afraid or feel alone, there are people that can help you in any type of situation that you are experiencing.

In an emergency, ensure you contact the police on 999. However you don’t have to wait for an emergency to start getting help:

  • Contact your doctor, midwife, or health visitor
  • Call 0808 2000 247 and speak with the team at the 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline
  • Call 0808 801 0327 and speak with the Men’s Advice Line.

These are just a few suggestions to get you started but you should never feel like you have to suffer in silence.

I need legal help with domestic violence, what do I do?

Domestic violence victims may now apply to the Court for an Order against their abuser under the Family Law Act 1996. Depending on your situation the police may be able to use criminal law against a violent person, although, either way, you can still proceed under civil law to obtain the protection you need.

In 2004 the government gave victims greater protection, support and more rights under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act.

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