Domestic violence is any incident of threatening, intimidating or coercive behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are, or have been, in a relationship together, or between family members. The law applies regardless of the gender or sexual orientation of the perpetrator or victim.
Whatever form it takes, domestic violence is rarely a one-off incident. More usually it is a pattern of abuse and controlling behaviour, through which the abuser seeks power over their victim.
If you find yourself in this situation then an order from the court may be required to stop the it called a Non-Molestation Order. You may also need to obtain an Occupation Order to exclude the perpetrator from the family home under the Family Law Act 1996.
How we can help
We would always recommend notifying the police if you feel under immediate threat. This can be a difficult thing to do where someone is living in fear and so we are happy to speak with you on an entirely confidential basis if you feel that you need any help.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about dealing with domestic violence.