Most people think of domestic violence as being limited to physical violence, but the legal definition has now been widened by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act.
Domestic violence is now defined as “any incident, or pattern of incidents, of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (whether psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between individuals who are associated with each other”.
This new definition recognises the fact that abuse can take many different forms.
A quarter of women have been in an abusive relationship and one man every three weeks is killed by a violent partner in the UK.
Would you recognise it happening to someone you knew?
Here is a non-exhaustive list of common abusive behaviours:-
1. Deliberately isolating their partner from their friends and family by controlling their money, access to a car, access to door keys etc.
2. Checking their partner’s mobile phone, Facebook and emails; checking mileage on their partner’s car or otherwise checking up on what their partner has told them.
3. Humiliating and mocking their partner in front of others under the pretence of a joke.
4. Subjecting their partner to degrading and unwanted sexual conduct.
5. Controlling all aspects of their partner’s life e.g. what they wear, where they go, what they do.
6. Threatening suicide if their partner doesn’t do what they want.
7. Eroding their partner’s confidence by commenting on their appearance, comparing them to others or telling them that they are lucky to be with them.
If you think you might be suffering from domestic abuse, let us help you. Call us today on Braintree 01376 567275 or Chelmsford 01245 264494. We have expert family law solicitors who are non-judgemental, approachable and able to get you the protection you need.