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Domestic violence affects both men and women from all walks of life. It’s not just current and former spouses/partners who it impacts. It can also distress parents, children and other family members.

What counts as domestic violence?

UK law describes domestic violence as "any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse” of people over 16 years of age. It can take place between those who are, or have been, “intimate partners or family members”. This is the case, regardless of sexuality or gender.

The law defines family members as father, mother, daughter, son, sister, brother and grandparents. This can refer to people who are blood related, adopted, in laws or step-family.

There are different types of domestic abuse, including:

  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Emotional
  • Psychological
  • Financial

Domestic violence can take the form of intimidating and controlling conduct over a period of time. In fact, many abusers behave in ways that involve more than one type of domestic violence.

These definitions include issues of concern to minority ethnic communities. These can range from female genital mutilation, to forced marriage, and so-called 'honour-based violence'.

Who are the victims of domestic violence?

Victims can be of any sex, race, culture, sexual orientation and marital status. There was a total of 1.03 million domestic abuse-related incidents and crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales in the year ending March 2016. The majority of domestic abuse (78%) consisted of violence against the person offences.

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I am a victim of domestic violence - what should I do?

You do not have to suffer in silence. 

If you are a young person or an adult experiencing domestic violence, please don’t be afraid to ask for help. In an emergency, you should always call the police on 999.

However, you don’t have to wait for an emergency situation to start getting the help you need.

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I need legal help with domestic violence - what shall I do now?

Under the Family Law Act 1996, many victims of domestic abuse can apply for court orders against their abusers. The nature of your situation will decide whether police can use criminal law against a violent person. However, you can still use civil law to get the protection you need.

The government introduced the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 to give you greater protection and support, as well as more rights. This act of law also gives the police and other agencies the tools they need to get to the bottom of domestic abuse crimes.

If you need further help, you should get in touch with an independent domestic violence adviser, or a solicitor who is experienced in family law.

If you or someone close to you is a victim of domestic violence, our family law solicitors can give you all of legal help and advice you need. For more information, please contact First4Lawyers now.

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