- May 2015
A "domestic" or something far more serious?
Domestic violence is not a new epidemic; it spans history and cultures. The common law of England permitted a man to beat his wife provided the diameter of the stick used was not wider than the diameter of his thumb, hence the term “rule of thumb”. Within our “civilised” society domestic violence continues to be a very serious problem. It is not “just a domestic”, it ruins lives and breaks up families and figures suggest that one in four women will experience some form of domestic violence in their lifetime.
Domestic violence is deemed more than just acts of physical violence. The definition of domestic violence includes “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality”. This can encompass but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse.
Our domestic abuse team at Jackamans deals exclusively with such matters and handles these delicate issues in a sensitive, non-judgemental and professional manner. Ultimately, we recognise that where the client has suffered some form of abuse they deserve the right to the legal protection that Jackamans can obtain on their behalf.
Due to the experience Jackamans displays in this area we have been granted a Legal Aid franchise and for those eligible, Legal Aid will be available to help fund the relevant orders. For those not eligible we offer a free 20 minute initial interview via the telephone or face-to-face. We have the expertise to swiftly obtain non-molestation and occupation orders, helping to alleviate a stressful situation.
Remember, everyone has the right to live without fear for their safety and we at Jackamans can help to make that happen.
Do call us on 01473 255591.
This article provides only a general summary and is not intended to be comprehensive. Special legal advice should be taken in any individual situation.
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