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Domestic abuse is more common than you think. The experienced family team at Leeds Day can help support you through the steps needed to bring it to an end.

Domestic abuse can happen to any type of person. It happens to women, it happens to men. It happens to all social classes regardless of wealth, religion or background. It can be physical, emotional or mental abuse and effect one person or a whole family. Whatever form it takes, domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident, and should instead be seen as a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour through which the abuser seeks power over their victim.

Domestic abuse affects the victim and more often than not the children of the family also. Not only are many children traumatised by what they witness, there is also a strong connection between domestic violence and emotional and/or physical child abuse.

Domestic abuse is chronically under-reported, but research shows that:

  • One in four women and one in six men will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime.
  • 89% of those suffering four or more incidents are women.
  • One incident of domestic abuse is reported to the police every minute.
  • On average, two women a week are killed by a current or former male partner.
  • Domestic abuse accounts for 16 per cent of all violent crime.

Our expertise

There are various remedies available via the courts to protect against domestic abuse and these include orders regarding harassment, threats of violence and in relation to occupation of the home. To make a successful application to the court for an order for protection, called a non-molestation order, time is of the essence. The court may also make orders that the violent partner leave the family home immediately in circumstances where that has been actual harm. It is essential that the person seeking help speaks to a legal adviser as soon as possible. Orders by the court can last up to six months and in some instances can be extended for a further six months, in which time longer term plans can be made.

Both orders can have a power of arrest attached which provides the police with immediate power to arrest the perpetrator if they attempt to breach the order. This is effective once the order is served upon them. Breach of such an order can be punishable by a caution, fine or even imprisonment.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from domestic abuse, emotionally, physically or mentally, and you are seeking advice, contact the family team on 0844 567 2222 or send an email to family@leedsday.co.uk

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