Domestic Abuse

Whiterose Blackmans

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Domestic Abuse & Violence Solicitors

The law changed in 2015 and now includes psychological abuse as well as violence.

The new legislation also includes those people who subject spouses, partners and family members to psychological and emotional torment but stop short of violence as well as those who display violent behavior. This new law has paved the way for charges in cases where there is evidence of repeated “controlling or coercive behavior”.

The new law, brought into force in England and Wales, follows a Home Office consultation in which 85% of participants said the existing law did not provide sufficient protection.

Domestic abuse is experienced at all levels of society regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality or wealth. It’s not just about physical violence. Abuse can take many forms including psychological, emotional and sexual abuse. We are here to help. Contact one of our understanding domestic abuse solicitors in Leeds to talk about your circumstances and discuss how we may be able to help you.

We understand that your circumstances may be very difficult and we will always be discreet and do our best to help you at at a time that is best for you.

Domestic abuse – the risks

Domestic abuse can occur out of the blue, in stressful periods in your life, like for example when you separate and resentment and frustration increases. These are times when you are more likely to have disagreements about sensitive and emotional matters that could relate to finances or child contact. Whiterose Blackmans Solicitors LLP are here to help, providing discreet legal advice tailored to your situation.

What is “controlling, coercive” behaviour?

The Home Office’s Statutory Guidance Framework on “controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship” includes:

  • Isolating a person from their friends and family
  • Controlling what they do, where they go, who they can see, what they wear and when they sleep
  • Repeatedly putting them down, such as telling them they are worthless
  • Enforcing rules and activity which humiliate, degrade or dehumanise the victim
  • Financial abuse
  • Threats to reveal or publish private information

Seeking the help you need

It is completely understandable that for many people who have or are experiencing domestic abuse find it difficult to take the step to seek help. In some cases the controlling and or aggressive behaviour displayed towards as person can eventually feel normal. The new law even encompasses controlling behaviour via social media platforms.

We can help by…

If you are in an abusive relationship we can help you to obtain an injunction to protect you from any further abuse. This can include removing an abusive partner from the home or preventing him/her contacting you. we can also put you in touch with organisations who can provide practical and moral support.

Domestic abuse can also happen in other family relationships, not just between partners. If you are being abused by someone you are related to you may be able to obtain a court injunction or a restraining order against them.

Free Initial Consultation

We offer a free initial consultation in all areas of law. We have specialist solicitors in all our practice areas, all of whom have many years of experience. We advise and represent our clients in a pro-active, friendly and honest manner in order to obtain the best possible outcome. From the outset, you can be confident that you have specialist solicitors on your side. We have specialist solicitors in Civil Litigation, Criminal Defence, Divorce, Family Law, Immigration & Personal Injury. We are authorised to provide Legal Aid funding for qualifying criminal law matters. Our initial consultation is always free and we can offer a "No Win-No Fee" in Personal Injury Cases. We can in certain circumstances arrange a consultation in the convenience of your home.

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