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Unfortunately, domestic violence does occur either in the form of physical, mental or both and this is something that we take very seriously. No individual should have to fear for the safety and well-being of themselves and their children. Domestic violence includes physical, mental abuse as well as threats and bullying between adults who are, or have been, in a relationship together, or between a family member, regardless of gender or sexuality. It can be a one-off incident or a pattern of behaviour over many years.
Domestic violence occurs across society, regardless of gender, race, age, sexuality, geography or wealth. The figures show, however, that it consists mainly of violence by men against women.
Victims of domestic violence suffer on many levels whether it can be health, education, and housing. They lose the freedom to live their lives and in society without fear. Our Family and Relationship Team can offer help and support to victims of domestic abuse, violence, and can guide and advise you through a number of new procedures designed to deal with this tough and unpleasant situation.
Mainly, the victims of domestic violence are women and they tend to experience more severe forms of violence. These form of violence is among the most underreported crimes globally for both men and women.
Domestic Violence and the Law
The Family Law Act 1996 is vital to helping protect victims and also their children from domestic violence and other related abuses.
Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004
Domestic violence, crime, and victims act 2004 is an act of Parliament of the United Kingdom. It basically concentrates upon legal protection and concerned with criminal justice and assistance to a victim of crime, particularly cases related to domestic violence. It may also provide the provision for trials without a jury, brings in new rules related to trials for causing the death of an adult or a child and permits a legal officer to use force to enter homes.
Effects of breaching a non-molestation order or occupation order
The breach of a non-molestation order is a criminal offence and the police have all the rights to immediately arrest anyone who is supposed to have breached such an order. If any person found guilty in criminal proceedings of breaching a non-molestation order could be imprisoned for up to five years. A breach of a non-molestation order can also be enforced through contempt of court proceedings.
If a power of arrest is attached to an occupation order and the order is breached then the police should arrest the offending party and present him to the Court to be dealt with.
Domestic violence against men
Domestic violence, for so long considered to merely affect women, claims the lives of over 40 men per year nationwide. One man in five will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in his life.
Domestic violence against men is a taboo subject that is rarely discussed because often men are too ashamed to admit it’s happening or they might lack proof that the attacks have taken place. Victims of domestic violence suffer on many levels from health and finances to education. They lose the freedom to live their lives how they want and without fear.
An extensive and comprehensive support system exists for female victims of domestic violence and abuse.
However, male victims often feel helpless, isolated and more worryingly embarrassed due to a lack of social support for their dilemma. We aim to provide sympathetic and supportive advice to male victims of domestic violence.
Options available to people affected by domestic violence
MB Law Ltd Solicitors provides you assistance about each and every aspect of domestic violence, abuse or battering. Our specialist Domestic Violence Solicitors can provide you legal assistance in case of the following type of abuse:
- Physical abuse (domestic violence)
- Verbal or nonverbal abuse (mental abuse, psychological abuse, emotional abuse)
- Sexual abuse: forcing someone to participate in unwanted, unsafe, or degrading sexual activity
- Stalking or cyberstalking
- Financial abuse or economic abuse
- Spiritual abuse
- Threatening or intimidating to gain compliance
- Destruction of the victim’s personal property and possessions, or threats to do so
- Embarrassing, making fun of, or mocking the victim, either alone within the household, in public, or in front of family or friends
If you are the victim of any sort of domestic violence, you should get advice on opting other options, which may be to:
- Report any sort of violence faced by you to the police.
- Leave home temporarily / permanently.
- Stay in the present home and get the other person who is harming you to leave.
- Take legal action against the accused by addressing your concern to some solicitor or law firm.