Domestic violence can take many forms.
Contrary to popular belief it is not just physical violence. It can also be sexual, emotional or psychological abuse.
Anyone can experience domestic violence and abuse regardless of sex, race, ethnic or religious group disability or lifestyle.
If your partner has been violent towards you or your children this is a criminal offence and you are able to report the violence to the police and press charges. You can also pursue a civil remedy through the family courts by applying for an Injunction Order otherwise known as a Non-Molestation Order or Occupation Order. It is now a criminal offence to breach a Non-Molestation Order, and anybody ignoring an Order made against them will be committing a criminal offence. Anyone who is found guilty of this offence potentially faces a prison sentence of up to 5 years and/or a large fine.
You can also use the courts to stop that person intimidating and harassing you and, under some circumstances, the courts can order that person to move out of your home. Any children who live with you can also be protected.
Tozers are a leading firm in providing family legal services to victims of domestic abuse. They aim to provide support for anyone who has suffered domestic abuse at the hands of controlling, coercive and/or abusive partners. Sarah Miller based at the Newton Abbot office is a specialist in this field and runs DART the Domestic Abuse Response team. If you or someone you know has suffered abuse in a domestic environment please contact us to discuss the matter in strict confidence.
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